The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away At 76

Cristina Cross
August 17, 2018

As the world mourned the passing of the Queen of Soul, late night talk show hosts offered their appreciation of the legendary Aretha Franklin.

Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while "Respect" reached No. 2 on the songs' charts.

She added that the channel's intention had been to honor the soul superstar who passed away on Thursday at the age of 76.

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

Trump's initial tweet after her death was announced was fairly innocuous by his standards, saying "The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead". She was able to touch so many people, divinely.

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

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Franklin never at any point in her career lost the ability to give incandescent concert performances, but that's not to say that you could rely on her - her shows could be unpredictably listless or disorganized or sullen. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human". She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. In her own tribute to Franklin, LaBelle called the late singer her "sister in song". A 1986 duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", hit number one in several countries. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W Bush.

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