Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Aretha Franklin tribute this weekend at Detroit's Motown Museum

Aretha Franklin tribute this weekend at Detroit's Motown Museum

Thursday morning, Franklin's publicist announced the Detroit singer had succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, inspiring fans across the world to break out their favorite tracks in her catalogue.

A few months over 46 years ago, Aretha Franklin released one of the greatest songs ever recorded, one among the many in that pantheon for which she is responsible. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The ailing master tenor opera singer had to back out of his Grammy performance at the last moment, so his friend stepped in for him. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. She got a musical education from gospel greats: the Staple Singers, the Soul Stirrers, James Cleveland and The Mighty Clouds of Joy.

With the announcement of Franklin's death from pancreatic cancer, many of her collaborators paid tribute. Beyoncé dedicated her August 13 Detroit concert with Jay-Z to the soul legend.

"Critics always talked about the gospel feeling in Aretha's voice so it was a very big deal when she finally made a proper gospel album like "Amazing Grace, '" Carpenter said". She also had a seven-year relationship with her road manager, Ken Cunningham.

Rapper and fashion designer Pharrell Williams shared a 1972 Los Angeles recording of Franklin singing Mary Don't You Weep.

She won 18 Grammy Awards and had global success with songs like "Respect", "Spanish Harlem" and "Natural Woman". "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", he said.

'She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. Davis called her "truly one of a kind".

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She sang and lived with soul and style.

Her death reverberated so deeply that an incredible array of people from around the world, from USA presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama to musicians Paul McCartney and Diana Ross, took to social media to pay tribute.

When contacted for further clarification on the photo and performance, Fox News directed EW to the AP photo used in the tribute, saying the caption "notes Aretha Franklin performed at the same event that night".

Franklin had a history of health problems over the years. Her mother left when she was 10 and died not long after, without seeing her children again.

Although we are so saddened to hear of Aretha Franklin's passing, we will never forget the icon!

Franklin belted out her hits for several presidents throughout her decades-long career. First married to Ted White, who became her manager and publicly abused her, Franklin later married actor Glynn Turman in 1978 but they divorced in 1984.

In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late a year ago, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY. Her final performance was at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York City in November 2017.

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