Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76 – but the flood of tributes proves how many lives she touched.
Aretha Franklin was known as the queen of soul for six decades. From her incredible onstage presence to her larger-than-life vocals, Franklin’s contributions to music were extraordinary.
As tributes continue to pour in for the singer – from Lady Gaga to Britney Spears and Elton John – we look at how their words sum up how influential she really was.
“What beautiful music and vocal artistry you gave to the world. You are a legend and your soul will never be forgotten. Rest in peace angel of music.”
In a post on Instagram, Elton John called her death “a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists.”
Cher said Franklin’s “one of a kind voice will be with us forever”.
“Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever.”
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
“I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.”
I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) August 16, 2018
Mariah Carey, who performed with Franklin several times, shared several tweets in which she described Franklin as “the ultimate singers’ singer”.
“Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers’ singer,” wrote Carey. “The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others.”
I will forever cherish the moments I spent in your presence. Your indelible impact was earned not only by your incomparable voice but by your bigger than life personality, wit and humor. I say a BIG prayer for you. You will forever have all our RESPECT. Love, Mariah ♥️ pic.twitter.com/97qk0J64rO— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 16, 2018
Adele wrote she “can’t remember a day of my life without Aretha Franklin’s voice and music filling up my heart with so much joy and sadness”.
Kelly Clarkson said “Aretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach”.
Aretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach. She was my favorite and will always be. What a gift she has left all of us with her musical footprints. There will never be another like her. She was truly special. #QueenOfSoul— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) August 16, 2018
Justin Timberlake shared a photograph of him singing with Franklin and called the singer “the greatest of all time”.
This is the face of a young man who couldn't believe he was actually singing with the GREATEST OF ALL TIME. Thank you, Ms. Franklin for blessing us with your incomparable gift. Honored to have shared the stage with you even for a moment. Always bowing down to you. #QueenofSoul pic.twitter.com/4bZVAWcqeS— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 16, 2018
Missy Elliott wrote: “I imagine you in heaven performing and still making people souls move.”
Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move🙌🏾 this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 16, 2018
Michelle spoke of Franklin’s performance at the White House, saying “she will forever be our queen of soul.”
You can read some of Franklin’s greatest quotes here.
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