Ariana Grande Pays Tribute To Aretha Franklin By Beautifully Singing 'Natural Woman'

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Instead, she paid teary-eyed tribute to legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who had died earlier that day at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. Her music used to drive us sweet insane. "She will be missed!".

"It's an honor to have met her and we're going to celebrate her", she said.

She recorded steadily, releasing six albums by the middle of the decade with chart-topping songs like "One Step Ahead" and "You Made Me Love You", and her live show came to venues like the Showboat in Philadelphia and the Apollo in NY.

- Franklin has four sons, having been married twice - to her manager Ted White and later Actor Glynn Turman, whom she later divorced.

In any case, his comments were seen as somewhat disparaging and pretty disrespectful.

Franklin's death was confirmed by her long-time publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, on behalf of her family, who said she died "surrounded by family and loved ones".

Before the time of Franklin, Ray Charles, and Motown icons like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes, music remained mainly segregated.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela tweeted: "Thank you for the music Aretha Franklin".

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She says she wants people to "remember her legacy, remember how much she was committed to her fans and to the love of her work".

- Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.

"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".

The multiple Grammy victor cemented her place in U.S. music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves. We can but dream of what Chic collaborations or other disco diva wonders would have come if she'd have connected to the scene, but in their absence we still have this.

USA singer Janelle Monae shared a photo of her and Franklin on social media, describing her as a "genius that walked this Earth".

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Fox News vice president, said in a statement.

Her recording success continued across the 70s, with 1972's Young, Gifted and Black and 1976's Sparkle both achieving Gold stats. She RAISED THE BAR. We could not forget you if we tried.

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