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Aretha Franklin sings Nessun Dorma at the 1998 Grammys

I saw this for the first time in a telecast of the top 25 Grammy performances. Nessun Dorma is a surpassingly beautiful aria by Puccini which has recently been made popular by British cell phone salesman Paul Potts on Britain's Got Talent (see video), but this rendition by Aretha is truly wonderful. She doesn't try to sing it like an opera singer; instead, she just sings it with her own soulful, black voice. And it made me cry even more than Pavarotti's version.

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grammardog December 29th, 2007

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