Tributes pour in for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Tributes pour in for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Tributes pour in for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Franklin then heaped praise on Cheadle for "Miles Ahead", the biopic of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis that he directed and starred in. She had recorded nine albums, none of which had properly captured the fiery, transcendent intensity of her voice or the rapt, prayerful beauty of her piano playing. What made this record.

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

Speaking about the influence she had on the music industry, Trevor said: "Everything we see today, in so many ways in the music [industry], male and female, was because of her".

Music star Adele said she was "absolutely heartbroken" by Franklin's death.

The actor revealed that Franklin was conscious but unable to communicate during his visit, but he said he knew she was aware of his presence.

Although meant to be a touching tribute to the late singer, many Twitter users were angered by the president's comments. We can but dream of what Chic collaborations or other disco diva wonders would have come if she'd have connected to the scene, but in their absence we still have this. She stepped in for the opera singer at the Grammy Awards that year.

"She (Franklin) was also one of the central artists who took a stand against apartheid and rallied for the release of political prisoners in South Africa". A 1986 duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", hit number one in several countries.

The same farewell was given to civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005.

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Clinton and his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, yesterday hailed her as "one of America's greatest national treasures".

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