Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin With Moving Performance

Tanya Cunningham
August 17, 2018

The singer-songwriter began by telling the TV news show about his plans to collaborate on new music with Franklin, who died Thursday morning.

She announced previous year she was retiring from music.

Before the show, Grande posted a photo of herself and Franklin together.

"She was terrific - Aretha Franklin - on her passing. She will be missed!". "We sang at the White House and she was so sweet, she was so cute", Grande told Fallon.

It is unclear what Trump meant by his claim that Franklin "worked" for him, though she did perform at Trump's Castle Casino in 1988 and later at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in the 1990s.

In any case, his comments were seen as somewhat disparaging and pretty disrespectful.

Franklin influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

Below, listen to a playlist of highlights from Aretha Franklin's fantastic lifetime of music.

Franklin, famously known as the Queen of Soul, died Thursday at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

"She was able to touch so many people, divinely". No one has ever given us pleasure with such full-throated abandon as Aretha Franklin did, and does.

"Every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine".

Mr Obama and his wife Michelle said in a statement that Franklin, who performed at his first inauguration in 2009, "helped define the American experience" through her "compositions and unmatched musicianship". She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. "It's an honor to have met her and we're gonna celebrate her".

United States singer Janelle Monae shared a photo of her and Franklin on social media, describing her as a "genius that walked this Earth".

Her recording success continued across the 70s, with 1972's Young, Gifted and Black and 1976's Sparkle both achieving Gold stats. There, Franklin found her niche singing rhythm and blues, citing the struggle of African-Americans from the time of slavery as a primary source for the richness and depth of her sound. She RAISED THE BAR. Talk about queens-she was definitely the queen. "I am infinitely THANKFUL".

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