Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit

Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit

His tweet following the news of her passing was also criticized by Franklin fans for its insensitivity.

But the LaBelle's honest and moving tribute to the late "Queen of Soul", who died on Thursday at age 76, was full of love and remorse. "Alicia Keys also covered "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" during Episode 3 of Nicki Minaj's Queen Radio on Beats 1.

Fox News has apologized after coming under fire for using an image of singer Patti LaBelle instead of the late Aretha Franklin in its tribute package on Thursday. Franklin scrammed back north, swearing she'd never return. She was a musical pioneer whose voice defines an era, amplifies a sound and reflects the range of who we are as black people. "As Nicki Swift previously reported, pop star Ariana Grande belted out a lovely rendition of Franklin's hit song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on August 16.

"Her breathing was such a defiance of what was attacking her, that you got the sense Aretha was fighting all the way".

As a result of the Jim Crow era, Aretha and many other black entertainers of her generation were victims of lower wages (not unlike today) and often weren't paid at all, re: BB King and Ray Charles.

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"Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all".

"I know it's a big night for Ariana - but this is what great people do when they know we need them to be there for us", Fallon wrote on Twitter.

"Sitting down across from her just a few years ago, I was just about speechless", Lemon said before playing a clip of his sit-down with the Queen. "There was a song that I had written called, 'The Future.' And we were gonna, you know, write - you know, sing it together". "Internationally, wherever she went in the world, she represented us".

The CNN anchor remembered the Queen of Soul as an influencer, icon and friend, tearfully explaining how her "incredible voice" was actually the "soundtrack" to his life. She continued to release hit after hit during the 70s and 80s. And it was the rousing finale to a 2011 Franklin tribute at the Grammys, performed by Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams.

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