Ashanti shared the most perplexing Aretha Franklin tribute we could have imagined

Oscar Cross
August 18, 2018

Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, died at home in Detroit, Michigan, on Thursday at the age of 76, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ever since the news broke of Franklin's death Thursday morning, fans have been gathering at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit to pay their respects. Her talent transcended genres and not only earned her the title of the "Queen of Soul" but also the distinction of being the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But her breakthrough year was 1967 - a year in which she released an astonishing four albums: Take It Like You Give It, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, Aretha Arrives, and Take A Look. In an excellent tribute in the Providence Journal, Andy Smith describes a phone interview he did with Franklin in 1997. "I enjoyed her at the White House [for the Women in Soul event]".

The 18-time Grammy award victor inspired multiple singers during her six-decade career from pop diva Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston, to Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Mary J Blige, and the late Amy Winehouse.

"And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance".

"The songs she created - she spoke on every single topic to teach you how to love the ladies, how to respect mothers, aunties and sisters", Amerson said.

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.

Seeing Cooke successfully launch a secular career, Franklin was inspired to do the same, and under her father's management, she signed to Columbia records in 1960 when she was 18 years old. "There was that part that I'm glad I got to know about".

Trump addressed the "I Say a Little Prayer" singer's passing during a cabinet meeting on August 16, 2018, calling Franklin someone who "worked for" him. The story doesn't do much to honor Franklin's legacy. They will forever be influenced by her because her voice, her emotion.

"Even with whatever turmoil that may have been happening in her life, even through her illness, she did not put that on anybody else", Wonder said. But while Sam Cooke and Ray Charles made the jump before her, "When Aretha's vocals got unleashed, they believed that God was everywhere".

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