Earlier in the week, Aretha Franklin returned home from the hospital to be with her family, today, we sadly report, the Queen Of Soul has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76
On Monday night, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicated their “On The Run II” concert to Franklin while performing in her hometown, Detroit according to the Daily Mail.
With 18 Grammy awards won from over 40 nominations, over 75 million albums sold around the world and the first woman inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha had a release in every decade since the 1960’s.
Entertainers, athletes, politicians, media outlets, fans and dignitaries from all walks of life around the world showed their R-E-S-P-E-C-T for this extraordinary lady on social media outlets.
Aretha helped define the American experience. 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. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
— Smokey Robinson (@smokey_robinson) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul made us—and Oprah—laugh and cry in her many 'Oprah Show' appearances, and we'll never forget Aretha Franklin's wit and talent: pic.twitter.com/qTHxquwTew
— O The Oprah Magazine (@O_Magazine) August 16, 2018
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) August 16, 2018
The Grammy-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Civil Rights activist, Detroit legend, Queen of Soul. Many would not be where they are if you weren't who you are. Rest in heaven, Aretha Franklin ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gd6UCFJ8pt
— Motown Records (@motown) August 16, 2018
And now it’s time for us to “Say a Little Prayer” for Aretha Franklin, rest in peace. #QueenOfSoul
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) August 16, 2018
RIP to the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Here's David Bowie presenting her with the Grammy Award for 'Best Female R&B Vocal Performance' in 1975 pic.twitter.com/j7nSBjIPoR
— KROQ (@kroq) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin songs jump up the US iTunes Chart after the sad news of her passing, with ‘Respect’ occupying the #1 spot. pic.twitter.com/MkmrkMBbQm
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 16, 2018
— Anna C. Fontana ?⚡️ (@anna_annie12) August 16, 2018
Rest in power ? #ArethaFranklin is, was, and forever will be a treasure. Let's us lift her up in the light of goodness and hold her there for eternity. May God send his blessings to her family, friends and fans. ?????????????????
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin godmother of soul! Rest in love! You gave us all pride! pic.twitter.com/Epc2fIcD9d
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) August 16, 2018
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) August 16, 2018
Just in case you didn’t know, Aretha Franklin was the daughter of Rev. C. L. Franklin, one of the greatest orators of the 20th century. She also sang “Precious Lord” at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/rUebtw0z0w
— Jared Sawyer Jr. (@JaredSawyerJr) August 16, 2018
— Black Music History (@BlackMusicHstry) August 16, 2018
— Mike Kerr (@mkerrmemphoto) August 16, 2018
— KeeGan???? (@cuff_ur_chic) August 16, 2018
— VENUE KINGS (@VKingsDetroit) August 16, 2018
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend. pic.twitter.com/YDQL2zzgdM
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
Below you can listen to Aretha in concert from 1971 at the Fillmore, enjoy great music and videos as well as the hits heard here on The Beat throughout the week and in our app
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