A bronchial infection forced Faith Hill to withdraw from a MusiCares tribute to Aretha Franklin.
"I am devastated and deeply disappointed," the 40-year-old country singer said in a statement late Thursday. "I have been looking forward to being part of this event for months, and even after being diagnosed with a bronchial infection I came to L.A. anyway hoping that I'd be able to sing. I simply can't."
Hill was to join Fantasia, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Caesar, the Blues Brothers, Bill Cosby and others Friday in honoring Franklin as the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year. The show was to be taped for broadcast on PBS.