Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin With Moving Performance

Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin With Moving Performance

Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and "Queen of Soul" loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died yesterday, her long-time publicist announced.

The Queen of Soul died August 16 at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer.

She influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including Respect (1967), Natural Woman (1968) and I Say a Little Prayer (1968). (Just reading those titles, don't the choruses just pop straight into your head?) She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also worked with Franklin on her 1999 autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots". Aretha Franklin recorded albums until 2017 when she released her 42nd and final studio album A Brand New Me.

She performed for several presidents, including at the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, the country's first African-American head of state. It went on to become a touchstone of the feminist movement as well as the civil rights movement of the late 60s.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Fox News Vice President Jessica Santostefano said in a statement, obtained by Variety. "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now", she told Detroit Local 4 reporter Evrod Cassimy. "Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight", Clinton said in a statement, adding that the pair was "listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years". Her body lied in repose at the museum, followed by her funeral at Greater Grace Temple.

It will be a four-day event to celebrate her life.

Recalling seeing Franklin perform at the beginning of the soul singer's career, Parton tweeted: "She was fantastic then and just became greater through the years". Muscle Shoals had shown everyone what she could do and be, and now she was going to sit at the top of the world doing and being it.

As we all have learned, Aretha Franklin wasn't just the Queen of Soul, she also fought for justice. I don't say this about everybody.

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