Aretha Franklin Tribute: Ariana Grande Performs 'Natural Woman' on Fallon

Calvin Saunders
August 18, 2018

"Ain't but one Aretha Franklin", Dyson says, remembering the day that he saw the icon perform for the pontiff in Philadelphia back in 2015.

"Today I join my community, my industry and the world in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of my dear sister, friend, and ally, Aretha Franklin". One of the bestselling recording artists of all time, she became famous in the 1960s as a singer with a uniquely expressive voice possessing great passion and control. "Some of my greatest songs were inspired by hers that I loved. She's playing the piano here".

Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson are opening up about their dearly departed friend, Aretha Franklin. Her music used to drive us sweet insane.

'We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. She offered to post bail for Angela Davis in 1979, saying, "I'm going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she's a Black woman and she wants freedom for Black people". She was 76 and had just been released from the hospital after reports claimed that she was in critical condition.

"She worked for me on numerous occasions", he said.

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"Women's Rights Movement should have her name written all over", he said. "It was." Franklin replied. "In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade - our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect".

Lemon first paid his respects on Wednesday night when he called into CNN, audibly distraught, to discuss Franklin's passing. "Aretha and I were just tight", Robinson told GMA host Robin Roberts. "She's hardly a passive, get-along, go-along singer". "There was that part that I'm glad I got to know about". She also knew how to tell a good joke. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family, ' a statement from her family read.

"I was holding her hand at the bedside, holding her wrist, which was now no more than skin and bone, but her pulse was so strong and so, so full of life".

As could be expected, Aretha Franklin fans weren't happy, taking to social media to say that Trump was essentially belittling Franklin's legendary career by effectively referring to her as an employee.

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