Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper & More Celebs REACT to Aretha Franklin's Death

Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper & More Celebs REACT to Aretha Franklin's Death

- The Motown Museum in Detroit is paying tribute to the Queen of Soul this weekend after her passing.

Franklin, the long-reigning Queen of Soul who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think and her signature song, Respect, was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2010. "I'm just so sad that we had to lose her", Black said.

"She blew me away..." She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts.

By 1968, she was known as "The Queen of Soul" internationally, had received an award from Martin Luther King and appeared on a Time magazine cover. Aretha won 18 Grammys in her storied career, including two legacy awards three years apart from each other in 1991 and 1994. she was also inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the first woman ever to achieve the honor.

"What I love about it is that she never lost her connection to the church and that church training was always channeled through her music regardless of what she was singing", Staton told RNS.

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Bill Clinton, 71, noted he was present at "what sadly turned out to be her final performance last November at a benefit supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS". I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance - a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NY.

"Born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, Aretha Franklin grew up performing gospel songs in her father's congregation", the former first couple said in the joint statement.

But the Obamas' statement focused on Franklin's importance to Americans. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds". She begins her solo with "The moment I wake up/Before I put on my makeup/I say a little" before backup singers chime in with "prayer for you".

"The gal singer, who as had one single disk so far on the Columbia label has a fine strong voice that bears emotional fruit when it is channeled into the material she knows and feels best". "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the statement concluded.

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