'Greatest vocalist I've ever known': Celebrities lead tributes to Aretha Franklin

Esequiel Farfan
Agosto 17, 2018

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", spokeswoman Jessica Santostefano said in a statement to HuffPost.

The Motown Museum will be playing Aretha Franklin hits all weekend to pay tribute to her trailblazing contributions to the music world.

The same year the hall of fame honored her, Franklin again recorded sacred music at New Bethel for the album "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism", which won a Grammy for best soul performance.

The 18-time Grammy award victor inspired multiple singers during her five-decade career from pop diva Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston, to Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Mary J Blige and the late Amy Winehouse.

Franklin drew much more notice for her performance at Obama's first inauguration in 2009, when he was sworn into office as the first black president and she sang My Country, 'Tis of Thee on the steps of the Capitol.

The Museum will also have a guest book available to sign, which will be sent to Aretha's family.

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Clinton and his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, on Thursday hailed her as "one of America's greatest national treasures". "The greatest vocalist I've ever known", tweeted fellow musician John Legend, who had collaborated with Franklin in "What Y'All Came To Do". The hugely influential singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, according to her publicist. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time.

"Salute to the Queen".

They said in a statement: 'For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls.

"She has shared her points of view from the stage for challenged people, to register to vote, to stand up for decency", he said. "She took you to church even if she was singing about a no-good man".

Franklin's declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Sunday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend.

The Queen of Soul remained a prominent face - and voice - for African American civil rights throughout her life.

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