Ariana Grande pays tribute to Aretha Franklin with 'Natural Woman', and wow

Aretha Franklin

The anomaly of the music industry and the epitome of 'Black Girl Magic, ' Aretha Franklin gives me heaps of hope and inspiration for all the women of my generation and those to follow.

"Last summer we did her granddaughter's graduation party and she was kind of ill, and she pushed her security guards back and said "get out the way, I am going to sing", Ralphe recalls.

LaBelle shared her condolences after the Respect singer's death. Also, "Another knowledgeable source described her as "despising" everything he stood for, as an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter".

The Queen of Soul performed at several of his venues over the years, including the opening of Trump International Hotel & Tower in 1997.

"That's okay, @FoxNews. We often confuse you for a real network". "She had 20 No. 1 hits, including "Respect", "Chain of Fools" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

Recording at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, working in partnership with Atlantic co-owner and producer Jerry Wexler and the legendary Muscle Shoals rhythm section, Franklin's debut for Atlantic, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, was certified gold in the same year of its release. She was a musical pioneer whose voice defines an era, amplifies a sound and reflects the range of who we are as black people.

In January 1967 a young singer named Aretha Franklin arrived in the small Alabama town of Muscle Shoals, her career hanging in the balance.

"And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance". I don't say this about everybody. But to call her the greatest female singer is to ignore that in the view of so many she was the greatest singer, period.

Obituaries chronicled her life of both public success and private hardship and her career as one of the greatest gospel, jazz, blues, R&B and pop singers to grace the world, often while touching on her impact on the civil rights movement and feminism.

USA singer Janelle Monae shared a photo of her and Franklin on social media, describing her as a "genius that walked this Earth". When Franklin threw off her fur coat toward the end and raised her arms, the crowd erupted.

Lemon played Franklin's cover of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" as a slideshow of the late legend took over the screen.

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