Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Of Aretha Franklin's Most Diva-ish Moments

Of Aretha Franklin's Most Diva-ish Moments

The "Queen of Soul" died Thursday, August 16, at age 76.

A 20-time Grammy Award recipient and the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the pioneering singer and musician covered a wide range of material in her 40-year career, from gospel, R&B and pop, to Broadway-even taking on opera, in her legendary performance of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" at the 1998 Grammys.

Franklin had more than 20 USA number one hits over a career that spans back to 1952.

The soul icon sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 of the 1993 World Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, and she thrilled with the song again in front of a packed house before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers in 2011.

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Aretha Franklin came to NY a nobody - and left a legend.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said her music would inspire people for generations.

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". She may be best remembered for her vocal virtuosity and her chart-topping hits like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools", but she gave some extremely memorable performances at sporting events.

"Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the lovely life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years", tweeted singer-songwriter Paul McCartney. "She was obviously unwell, and I wasn't sure she could perform".

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"Thank you for your compassion and prayers". She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. Franklin tackles some of the finest songs recorded by female artists in from 1954 to 2010, in an album titled "Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics".

Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor's orders, according to Rolling Stone.

Barbra Streisand shared a photo of her and Franklin from 2012, tweeting: "It's hard to conceive of a world without her".

By 1968, she was known as "The Queen of Soul" internationally, had received an award from Martin Luther King and appeared on a Time magazine cover.

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