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Before introducing Lionel Richie, who sang “Jesus Is Love” from The Commodores‘ 1980 album Heroes, Queen Latifah spoke about the King of Pop as a delicate Natalie Cole arrived alone in dark sunglasses, cream suit, white gloves, and white mask over her face. Cole, 59, is recovering from a kidney transplant.

Here’s what Queen Latifah said:

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