"Every time one of her songs comes on, everyone sings along, everyone knows the lyrics and. her songs give you that power, like that confidence to step out into the world and to feel, as a woman and as a black woman, like, that you are lovely and that you can do it", said Chelsea Monroe, 29.
Personally, the star struggled with her weight throughout most of her life and had been a longtime smoker. As if that wasn't unbelievable enough, she wasn't done smashing records and also became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the second in the UK Hall of Fame.
Franklin, a friend of Pavarotti's, stepped up to sing Nessun Dorma before an audience that included some of the world's most accomplished divas and a TV audience of more than 1 billion music fans.
Davis freshened Franklin's sound while retaining her deep gospel roots, and the result was a late-career run of hits.
The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer.
"She was more than the Queen of Soul", he wrote.
"The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled".
They also tweeted out a photo of the marquee from one of Franklin's past performances.
Franklin often demanded she be paid in cash before performing and took her status as musical royalty seriously. Hemmer said, "She sang with a smile on her face when she performed, and that is what she emitted for so many millions and for so many years".
US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the family of, "a person I knew well - she worked for me on numerous occasions, she was terrific".
Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, issued a statement saying Franklin "helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human". She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. Just look at the fact that she pursued a singing career at just 18, leaving her sister and her grandmother to take care of the two children she'd had at 12 and 14.
Aretha Franklin may be best remembered for her voice and chart-topping hits, but her renditions of the national anthem before a number of sporting events will go down as some of the best ever.
You don't know of Aretha Franklin? 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.
Last year, the multiple Grammy award victor announced her plans to retire.
"This is a woman who of course comes up in the black church, but she's also deeply steeped in the blues". The last time she appeared in public was at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in NY last November and her last performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.