"Moments later, Grande opened the show with a rendition of "(You Make Me Feel) A Natural Woman" alongside The Roots. Her hit songs in the late 1960s tapped into the spirit of the civil rights movement while her hit cover (and gendered re-authoring) of Otis Redding's Respect was an anthem of black female empowerment.
The daughter of celebrity Detroit minister CL Franklin, Franklin was born in Memphis in 1942 and raised in Detroit, starting her singing career in the choir at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church.
"It's just been incredible". So, in a way, she did walk a golf course with Tiger. Given 20 minutes' notice, she delivered a deathless version of Nessun dorma in his steadHENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty ImagesSinging Amazing Grace in Philadelphia in 2015.
Most people have been expressing their sadness that Franklin is gone, and their gratefulness for her music - but Donald Trump's remarks on her death have been causing quite a stir.
The funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. August 31 at Greater Grace Temple, which is located at 23500 West 7 Mile Road in Detroit.
However, the 18-time Grammy Award victor could have made much more in her time if she hadn't often refused to travel on planes for work due her fear of flying, reports Forbes' Zack O'Malley Greenburg who notes she never appeared on any of the publication's famous rich lists.
Fred Zilian, a university teacher from Rhode Island on a reunion with classmates from the U.S. military academy West Point, danced with his wife to an Aretha track playing at the Motown Museum.
Given Aretha Franklin's incredible talent and the generations of people who loved her, Obama obviously wasn't the only big name to humbly pay their respects after learning of her passing. I see you, Sis! "It's really a statement about the unifying effect that music can have". In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2005 she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's greatest honor.
"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", tweeted Obama. There was a song that I had written called 'The Future, ' and we were going to sing it together.
In an interview with Reuters TV, the former lead singer of hit group The Miracles recalled that first meeting 70 years ago with Franklin, who died on Thursday at age 76. At the time of her death she was at home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family.
- Franklin has won 18 Grammy awards.