A screengrab of a YouTube video of Aretha Franklin.
Franklin's records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. "There is no Queen of Soul right now and she can never be replaced".
Her signature song, "Respect", a glorious and intense remake of Otis Redding's anthem, will forever ring in our ears when we feel we aren't receiving the consideration we deserve.
The singer posted a photograph of herself and Franklin on Instagram on Thursday, and shared what she describes as a "special moment" speaking on the phone with Franklin in 2003 when Ashanti was in Canada for a concert. She covered Stevie's "Until You Come Back to Me" and they performed it together at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in 2005.
- Franklin has won 18 Grammy awards.
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In 1968, she became only the second African-American woman to have been featured on the cover of Time magazine, and in 1987 she was the first ever female inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Franklin has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama. "She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", the former United States president in a joint statement with his wife said". "The world is poorer for her not being here", he said. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human".
The Detroit News later reported that she was in hospice care, as artistes from across the musical spectrum offered well wishes to the singer who lived in Detroit - the Motor City, home of Motown - most of her life.
She had battled health issues in recent years and in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.