Aretha performed Nessun Dorma a couple of days earlier at a salute to Pavarotti. She was at the Grammys to promote The Blues Brothers 2 on the night he fell ill. The producer knew that she had performed the aria recently and asked her to step in and do that as well.
#Aretha Franklin sings Puccini's Nessun dorma. An electrifying moment from the 1998 Grammy Awards. @PaulCavalconte plays it at 5:10P today on @WQXR. And make sure you read @FredPlotkin's fantastic tribute here: https://t.co/VIdGWiQ5CP