Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson remember Aretha Franklin

Celebrities are reacting to the death of Aretha Franklin. The “Queen of Soul,” whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit of...

Celebrities are reacting to the death of Aretha Franklin.

The “Queen of Soul,” whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit of pancreatic cancer, her niece Sabrina Owens confirmed to The Detroit Free Press. She was 76.

Here’s what stars are saying about the late legend.

President Donald Trump called Franklin “a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice.” He added, “She will be missed!”

 

Donald J. Trump

 

@realDonaldTrump

 
 

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!

 

During his Cabinet meeting Thursday, the president began by expressing his condolences “to the family of a person I knew well.”

“She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific,” he said. “She brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God – her voice, and she used (it) well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest, best wishes and sympathies to her family.”

“I don’t know of an artist alive today who hasn’t been inspired by Aretha Franklin,” Jennifer Lopez tweeted. “she gave voice to the most important declaration for women of our time and it still stands today”

 

 

Jennifer Lopez

 

@JLo

 
 

I don’t know of an artist alive today who hasn’t been inspired by Aretha Franklin… she gave voice to the most important declaration for women of our time and it still stands today… RESPECT… Rest in peace queen

 

Janelle Monae referred to Franklin as a “GENIUS that walked this Earth.”

“She was a BLACK WOMAN,” she continued. “She gave us the BLUE PRINT . She RAISED THE BAR . She LAID THE FOUNDATION and her name was QUEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN . We could not forget you if we tried .” 

 

Janelle Monáe, Cindi

 

@JanelleMonae

 
 

There was a GENIUS that walked this Earth . She was a BLACK WOMAN . She gave us the BLUE PRINT . She RAISED THE BAR . She LAID THE FOUNDATION and her name was QUEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN . We could not forget you if we tried . I am infinitely THANKFUL .

 

Speaking to Franklin, Jennifer Hudson wrote, “while teaching me about your life , u taught me so much about life and schooled me in mine . I will never forget those teachings”

On Twitter, Diana Ross reflected on Franklin’s “wonderful golden spirit.”

 

Ms. Ross

 

@DianaRoss

 
 

I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.

 

“You are a legend and your soul will never be forgotten. Rest in peace angel of music,” Lady Gaga tweeted with a photo of Franklin and Martin Luther King Jr. “What beautiful music and vocal artistry you gave to the world.”

 

Lady Gaga

 

@ladygaga

 
 

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.

 

Paul McCartney encouraged his followers to “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.”

 

Paul McCartney

 

@PaulMcCartney

 
 

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

 

He continued: “She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever.” 

Gloria Estefan described Franklin as “the absolute zenith, the guiding light, the master for any girl that aspired to sing.”

“I was blessed to have sung with her on more than one occasion and each time I felt that I was in the presence of musical royalty that would forever raise the bar and set the standard,” she continued. “Long live the Queen of Soul through her extraordinary & singular voice and her indelible music.”

Cissy Houston said she would “deeply miss” Franklin in a statement to USA TODAY Thursday.

“I have known Aretha for over 50 years, both professionally as her back up singer and then as a friend,” the statement continued. “We have shared heartbreak, loss, as well as exaltation and great laughter and most importantly our mutual love of God. Although my heart is broken, my soul rejoices that I was able to watch God move through Aretha’s life”

Celine Dion called her the “most soulful and inspirational singer of our time.”

 

Celine Dion

 

@celinedion

 
 

I’m saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed.The most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. / Je suis attristée d’apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. La chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque. – Céline xx…
📸 : Kevin Mazur https://www.facebook.com/celinedion/photos/a.315768396650.156174.6624036650/10155601873416651/?type=3&theater 

 

Former President Barack Obama remembered Franklin and praised her legacy. 

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Barack Obama

 

@BarackObama

 
 

Aretha helped define the American experience. 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. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.

 

“Aretha helped define the American experience,” he wrote. “May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama also shared a message of remembrance. 

 

Michelle Obama

 

@MichelleObama

 
 

Watching Aretha Franklin perform at the White House, and on so many other occasions, made time stand still. @BarackObama and I are holding Aretha’s family in our hearts right now. She will forever be our Queen of Soul.

 

“Watching Aretha Franklin perform at the White House, and on so many other occasions, made time stand still,” she tweeted. “She will forever be our Queen of Soul.”

Gospel star Kirk Franklin wrote, “Long live the Queen.”

 

Kirk Franklin

 

@kirkfranklin

 
 

Long live the Queen…….

 

Tyra Banks shared, “Aretha Franklin epitomized that fierce black woman soul with just enough touch of pain in her vibrato, to make every human bow down to those precious vocals that only she could produce. May the heavens above shout with eternal pride, R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”

 

Tyra Banks

 

@tyrabanks

 
 

Aretha the Queen. Aretha Franklin epitomized that fierce black woman soul with just enough touch of pain in her vibrato, to make every human bow down to those precious vocals that only she could produce. May the heavens above shout with eternal pride, R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

 

Zendaya shared: “Queen Aretha. Rest in Power.”

 

Usher said Franklin “paved the way for so many of us in music.” He added, “Her voice & legacy will never be forgotten.”

 

Usher Raymond IV

 

@Usher

 
 

All my love to the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin paved the way for so many of us in music. Her voice & legacy will never be forgotten. 🙏🏾

 

“We’ll miss you Queen.” Oprah Winfrey shared along with a photo of her and the singer.

Ellen DeGeneres revealed herself to be a lifelong admirer of Franklin’s songs.

 

Ellen DeGeneres

 

@TheEllenShow

 
 

I have loved Aretha Franklin’s music my entire life, and her music has played in our audience for 15 years. My heart goes out to her family.

 

“I have loved Aretha Franklin’s music my entire life, and her music has played in our audience for 15 years,” she tweeted. “My heart goes out to her family.”

Bryan Cranston marveled at how Franklin’s music could combat a cloud of “vitriol and rancor.” 

 

Bryan Cranston

 

@BryanCranston

 
 

Amidst all the vitriol and rancor surrounding us… today, thinking about Aretha, listening to her music, it helps us transcend to a higher place. A more honest place. Her voice feels like we’re being hugged. Rest now, Ms. Franklin. The Queen of Soul will help cleanse our souls.

 

“Thinking about Aretha, listening to her music, it helps us transcend to a higher place,” he wrote. “A more honest place. Her voice feels like we’re being hugged.”

Snoop Dogg said Franklin’s legacy “will never be forgotten.”

 

Snoop Dogg

 

@SnoopDogg

 
 

rest in power Queen 👑 your legacy will never be forgotten 🙏🏿

 

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hailed the artist she felt “honored to know.” 

 

Madeleine Albright

 

@madeleine

 
 

Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul, and she was also an incredible ambassador for American values and culture. In every corner of the globe, Aretha’s voice brought people joy and garnered more R-E-S-P-E-C-T for our country. I was honored to know her and will miss her dearly.

 

“Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul, and she was also an incredible ambassador for American values and culture,” Albright tweeted. “In every corner of the globe, Aretha’s voice brought people joy and garnered more R-E-S-P-E-C-T for our country.”

Gladys Knight said Franklin’s “music set a standard for every single lady in this industry to rise to.”

 

Gladys Knight

 

@MsGladysKnight

 
 

Aretha, your music set a standard for every single lady in this industry to rise to. You have touched minds, hearts and spirits, including my own. I pray you have a smooth journey Ree Ree and hopefully I’ll get to sing with you in the Heavenly choir. Love you

 

“You have touched minds, hearts and spirits, including my own,” she wrote. “I pray you have a smooth journey Ree Ree and hopefully I’ll get to sing with you in the Heavenly choir. Love you.”

Sharing a link to Franklin’s “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” Pharrell said he’d “been listening to this for the past couple of days.”

 

Pharrell Williams

 

@Pharrell

 
 

Been listening to this for the past couple of days. What an amazing illustration of the spirit that is @ArethaFranklin
Listen to this, look up to the stars and know she is with the Master now.https://youtu.be/KA84TNAGWJM 

 

He directed fans to “Listen to this, look up to the stars and know she is with the Master now.” 

Mariah Carey applauded “the ultimate singers’ singer.”

 

Mariah Carey

 

@MariahCarey

 
 

Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers’ singer. 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. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend.

 

“The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others,” she tweeted. “You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend.”

“I WILL MISS YOU ARETHA FRANKLIN SO MANY NIGHTS YOUR MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE!!” Leslie Jones tweeted.

 

Leslie Jones 🦋

 

@Lesdoggg

 
 

YALL DONT UNDERSTAND WE JUST LOST THE QUEEN!! I WILL MISS YOU ARETHA FRANKLIN SO MANY NIGHTS YOUR MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE!! REST IN PEACE!!

 

First daughter Ivanka Trump called Franklin “an artistic genius and trailblazer whose gift to the world transcends time.”

 

Ivanka Trump

 

@IvankaTrump

 
 

Aretha Franklin was an artistic genius and trailblazer whose gift to the world transcends time.
Long live the Queen of Soul as we pass her music on from generation to generation.
May she Rest In Peace.

 

Rod Stewart posted a clip where he called sharing the stage with Franklin “the highlight of my life.” The singer tweeted, “Always loved you, always will @ArethaFranklin. Not only the Queen of Soul but the queen of all our hearts.”

 

 

Sir Rod Stewart

 

@rodstewart

 
 

Always loved you, always will @ArethaFranklin. Not only the Queen of Soul but the queen of all our hearts. – Sir Rod xxx

 

Justin Timberlake shared a photo of himself performing with the singer.

“This is the face of a young man who couldn’t believe he was actually singing with the GREATEST OF ALL TIME,” he wrote. “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.”

 

Justin Timberlake

 

@jtimberlake

 
 

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.

 

Willie Nelson called Franklin the “greatest gift and the voice of a generation.”

He added, “She could turn any song into a hymn. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel.”

 

Willie Nelson

 

@WillieNelson

 
 

Whether it was Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop,or Civil Rights, Aretha Franklin was the greatest gift and the voice of a generation. She could turn any song into a hymn. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel
Rest In Peace Aretha

 

“No one did it better,” according to Lionel Richie. He added, “”Her voice; her presence; her style … Truly the Queen of Soul. I will miss you!”

 

Lionel Richie

 

@LionelRichie

 
 

Her voice; her presence; her style
No one did it better
Truly the Queen of Soul
I will miss you!@ArethaFranklin

 

Speaking to the iconic singer, Britney Spears said “your legacy and music will forever inspire us and future generations.”

 

Britney Spears

 

@britneyspears

 
 

The world lost an incredibly talented woman today. Rest In Peace, @ArethaFranklin… your legacy and music will forever inspire us and future generations 💛

 

In a series of tweets, Don Cheadle recalled a surprise phone chat he had with Franklin, a fan of the movie in which he played Miles Davis, “Miles Ahead.”

 

Don Cheadle

 

@DonCheadle

 
 

4) mom has the same kind of humor. it’ll definitely crack her up. her call meant as much or more to me than any compliment ever received. there will never be about her like her. the undeniable g.o.a.t.! and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. freedom. freedom. freedom …

 

“Her call meant as much or more to me than any compliment ever received,” Cheadle shared with his followers. “There will never be about her like her. the undeniable g.o.a.t.! and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. freedom. freedom. freedom …”

“For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note,” Bette Midler said. “I loved her so and love her still.”

 

Bette Midler

 

@BetteMidler

 
 

The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul.

 

Thinking of her legacy, Steve Harvey tweeted: “Aretha paved the way for so many great artists, over 6 decades of music. Thank you for all of your contributions.”

 

Steve Harvey

 

@IAmSteveHarvey

 
 

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.. A true legend and world icon…the greatest vocalist and entertainer of all time. Aretha paved the way for so many great artists, over 6 decades of music. Thank you for all of your contributions. My condolences and prayers are with the family.

 

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy described Franklin as “a national treasure to everyone” in a statement to The Detroit Free Press.

“From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father’s home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been amazing,” he continued. “No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.”

“You sang and lifted the spirits of all who heard you,” gushed Yusuf Islam, also known as Cat Stevens. “May the eternal source of peace be your destination.”

 

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

 

@YusufCatStevens

 
 

The Queen of Soul has left to journey back to the Creator. You sang and lifted the spirits of all who heard you. May the eternal source of peace be your destination.

 

Taraji P. Henson expressed her appreciation to Franklin for “feeding our souls for so long!!!”

 

Taraji P. Henson

 

@TherealTaraji

 
 

Rest In Peace QUEEN!!! Thank you for feeding our souls for so long!!! You will be missed never forgotten!!! Your music lives on in ALL OF US!!! 🙏🏾 💋💋💋 https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmi5C2Jhggy/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=1ti511odnj0e6 

 

Former vice president Al Gore lauded the artist’s ability to bring people together. “@ArethaFranklin was a unique thread in the fabric of our nation’s history,” he said. “The Queen of Soul’s music played a vital role in uniting this country during some of our most trying times. She will be missed.”

 

Al Gore

 

@algore

 
 

.@ArethaFranklin was a unique thread in the fabric of our nation’s history. The Queen of Soul’s music played a vital role in uniting this country during some of our most trying times. She will be missed.

 

Diddy called her “THE GOAT (Greatest of all time) THE QUEEN.”

 

 

Diddy

 

@Diddy

 
 

RIP THE GOAT THE QUEEN…

 

Jennifer Nettles said, “As singers, we all aspire to her passion, authenticity, and power. Her talents, gifts and contributions changed hearts and touched lives. She was and remains a national treasure.”

 

Jennifer Nettles

 

@JenniferNettles

 
 

Aretha. The Queen of Soul. As singers, we all aspire to her passion, authenticity, and power. Her talents, gifts and contributions changed hearts and touched lives. She was and remains a national treasure. Rest in Power Queen.

 

Martha Reeves said, “The Lord has come to take my ‘Soul Sister’ home.”

She continued, “Aretha Franklin was a true Icon in Detroit and around the world. My prayers go out to the family during this time. Her legacy and friendship will forever be remembered.”

 

MARTHA REEVES

 

@MARTHAREEVESvan

 
 

The Lord has come to take my “Soul Sister” home. Aretha Franklin was a true Icon in Detroit and around the world. My prayers go out to the family during this time. Her legacy and friendship will forever be remembered-Martha Reeves 🌹

 

The official Twitter account for The Rolling Stones remembered Franklin’s powerful pipes. “Very sad to hear the news about Aretha, she was so inspiring and wherever you were she always brought you to church.”

 

The Rolling Stones

 

@RollingStones

 
 

Very sad to hear the news about Aretha, she was so inspiring and wherever you were she always brought you to church.

 

Speaking as a songwriter, Billy Joel shared, “I know personally how meaningful a gifted interpreter of material can be. No one can replace her.”

 

Billy Joel

 

@billyjoel

 
 

We have lost the greatest singer of our time. As a songwriter, I know personally how meaningful a gifted interpreter of material can be.

No one can replace her.

– Billy Joel

 

Ariana Grande shared a clip of Franklin singing, along with a heart and simple message: “forever.”

 

 

Ariana Grande

 

@ArianaGrande

 
 

forever ♡

 

Missy Elliott envisioned a lively concert above. “I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move,” she tweeted.

 

 

Missy Elliott

 

@MissyElliott

 
 

Rest easy I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move🙌🏾 this was my aunt favorite record 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 🙏🏾❤️

 

Brian Wilson praised his fellow artist. “She was one of the greatest and most emotional singers.”

 

Brian Wilson

 

@BrianWilsonLive

 
 

I’m very sad to hear about Aretha Franklin passing. She was one of the greatest and most emotional singers. I used to love listening to her in the sixties but her music is timeless. Love & Mercy to Aretha’s family and friends.

 

Reflecting on her “sister in song,” Patti LaBelle tweeted a statement which read: “Today the world has experienced a tremendous loss. Aretha was a rare treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many.”

 

Patti LaBelle

 

@MsPattiPatti

 
 

Rest in peace Aretha. ❤

 

Along with a video of her singing Franklin’s “Respect,” Reba McEntire shared, “I’ve had so many influences in my life, and one of them is the Queen of Soul. Rest In Peace, Aretha. I’ll sing this one for you.”

 

Reba

 

@reba

 
 

I’ve had so many influences in my life, and one of them is the Queen of Soul. Rest In Peace, Aretha. I’ll sing this one for you. https://youtu.be/MUTNz-BE8UI 

 

Tony Bennett, now 92, shared a photograph from his 85th birthday performing with “the Queen of Soul (and heart).” He added: “she will be missed by the world.”

 

Tony Bennett

 

@itstonybennett

 
 

It was a double thrill for me to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on my 85th birthday and have the Queen of Soul (and heart) Aretha Franklin singing with me….she will be missed by the world.

 

Ringo Starr shared his thoughts along with multiple emojis. “God bless Aretha Franklin the queen of soul and peace and love to her family,” he wrote.

 

#RingoStarr

 

@ringostarrmusic

 
 

God bless Aretha Franklin the queen of soul and peace and love to her family 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶☮️

 

In a statement to USA TODAY Thursday, Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, described Franklin as “an incomparable artist who came to be recognized as one of the most profound voices in music.”

More: Aretha Franklin’s greatest pop culture moments

Along with a photo of her and Franklin, Faith Hill wrote, “The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus.”

 

Faith Hill

 

@FaithHill

 
 

The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement.

 

“I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word,” she continued. “To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement.”

In tribute to “longest friend in this world,” Smokey Robinson shared, “I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace.”

 

Smokey Robinson

 

@smokey_robinson

 
 

This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our Father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace.

 

Through her tears, Danielle Brooks shared a black and white photo beaming beside Franklin.

 

Danielle Brooks

 

@thedanieb

 
 

Hearing the news of her passing has left me in tears but I’m grateful to God that I got to share this smile with her. Thank you Aretha Franklin for leaving such an incredible legacy for generations among generations to stand on. May you Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾

 

“Hearing the news of her passing has left me in tears but I’m grateful to God that I got to share this smile with her,” the “Orange Is the New Black” actress wrote. “Thank you Aretha Franklin for leaving such an incredible legacy for generations among generations to stand on.”

With coy mentions of her beloved tunes, George Takei tweeted: “She made millions feel like natural women, and she earned our everlasting Respect with each performance. May Aretha Franklin’s voice ring now throughout the heavens.”

 

George Takei

 

@GeorgeTakei

 
 

She made millions feel like natural women, and she earned our everlasting Respect with each performance. May Aretha Franklin’s voice ring now throughout the heavens. She truly was the Queen of Soul. Rest In Peace, o great one.

 

“There Will never be another,” Bernadette Peters declared. “Thank you for giving us all of you!!”

 

Bernadette Peters

 

@OfficialBPeters

 
 

RIP ARETHA. There Will never be another ..Thank you for giving us all of you!!

 

Speaking to the artist she described as “the ultimate queen,” Christina Aguilera tweeted: “thank you for the gift of your voice, music and unshakeable soul.”

 

Christina Aguilera

 

@xtina

 
 

Aretha was such a timeless inspiration to me and so many others, the ultimate queen, thank you for the gift of your voice, music and unshakeable soul 🙏🏼

 

“Her legendary voice came straight from God. Now her soul is with Him,” tweeted Fergie.

 

Fergie

 

@Fergie

 
 

RESPECT. Her legendary voice came straight from God. Now her soul is with Him. Thank you Aretha. 💛💛

 

Along with lyrics to Franklin’s “Natural Woman,” Ava DuVernay tweeted, “Her voice/swagger was peerless. Thank you, #ArethaFranklin.”

 

Ava DuVernay

 

@ava

 
 

“Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew
I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you
Life was so unkind
But you’re the key to
My peace of mind.”
Her voice/swagger was peerless.
Thank you,

 

Carole King tweeted, “What a life. What a legacy! So much love, respect and gratitude. R.I.P.”

 

Carole King

 

@Carole_King

 
 

What a life. What a legacy!
So much love, respect and gratitude.
R.I.P. @ArethaFranklin https://bit.ly/1jpMKz2 

 

Making a reference to a Franklin classic, actress Debbie Allen tweeted: “We Will Always Love You Aretha We Will Always Speak Your Name And Give RESPECT.”

 

Debbie Allen

 

@msdebbieallen

 
 

We Will Always Love You Aretha We Will Always Speak Your Name And Give RESPECT. ~Lish and Debbie 💕💐

 

Lenny Kravitz lovingly announced to his followers: “The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit on her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice.”

 

Lenny Kravitz

 

@LennyKravitz

 
 

The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit on her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice. RESPECT!
📷: Mark Seliger

 

“She means so much to me and was such an influence on me with my music,” Kravitz told USA TODAY on Monday, saying he became close to Franklin after performing with her in 2009. “I learned so much from her, and we became friendly during that time. We would talk on the phone after that and talk about doing some things together.”

The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music,” Elton John wrote. “Music from the heart, the soul and the Church.”

 

Elton John

 

@eltonofficial

 
 

The loss of @ArethaFranklin is 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.

 

Chance The Rapper posted lyrics from “I Say a Little Prayer” from Franklin’s album “Aretha Now” in 1968.

 

Chance The Rapper

 

@chancetherapper

 
 

The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you

 

“Today we have lost one of the greatest,” Ricky Martin tweeted. “She will always be remembered and admired.”

 

Ricky Martin

 

@ricky_martin

 
 

Today we have lost one of the greatest. She will always be remembered and admired. Aretha Franklin, rest in peace. We love you.

 

Hillary Clinton also memorialized her “friend” on the social media site.

 

Hillary Clinton

 

@HillaryClinton

 
 

Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.

 

“She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts,” Clinton tweeted.

The Rev. Al Sharpton hoped followers would “take a pause today to remember the life of a beautiful soul. “

“Her contributions are legendary both personally and societally,”  he shared.

 

Reverend Al Sharpton

 

@TheRevAl

 
 

Deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved friend and queen/warrior Aretha Franklin. Her contributions are legendary both personally and societally. We hope you take a pause today to remember the life of a beautiful soul.

 

John Legend gave a “Salute to the Queen.” He praised her as “The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known.”

 

John Legend

 

@johnlegend

 
 

Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

 

“Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen remarked, “There will never be another Queen of Soul,” calling Franklin “the embodiment of a soul blessed with a special gift.”

 

Andy Cohen

 

@Andy

 
 

There will never be another Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin is the embodiment of a soul blessed with a special gift. Grateful we have decades of recordings that will live on. Long Live The Queen.

 

Sharing a photo with Franklin from 2012, Barbra Streisand wrote, “It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.”

 

Barbra Streisand

 

@BarbraStreisand

 
 

This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world

 

John Stamos shared, “She was music. Soul, grace and respect!”

“One of the highlights of my career was singing with #ArethaFranklin at The Tony Awards,” Hugh Jackman remembered of the 2005 performance. “It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all.”

 

Hugh Jackman

 

@RealHughJackman

 
 

One of the highlights of my career was singing with at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=csm3A80M9qA 

 

Idina Menzel bid her “idol” farewell with a touching tribute. “Every note you sang was pure and authentic and pierced our hearts with joy and pain and life,” she posted.

 

Idina Menzel

 

@idinamenzel

 
 

Goodbye Ms. Aretha. You were my idol. The greatest singer of all time. Every note you sang was pure and authentic and pierced our hearts with joy and pain and life.

 

Lena Waithe said, “The world won’t be the same without you in it. You will always have our utmost respect.”

 

Lena Waithe

 

@LenaWaithe

 
 

The world won’t be the same without you in it.
You will always have our utmost respect.

 

Sterling K. Brown shared the news with the hashtag “#RIPQueen.”

 

Sterling K Brown

 

@SterlingKBrown

 
 

Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76 via @NYTimes 🕉 https://nyti.ms/2MTQrjk?smid=nytcore-ios-share 

Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

With hits like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” she defined a female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable.

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder gushed over the musician. “Through her unparalleled gift and hard work she spoke for people too often without their own voice,” he shared. “She – and her artistry – were gifts to us from God.”

 

Eric Holder

 

@EricHolder

 
 

I am so saddened by the passing of an American icon who defined this nation’s music. We loved Aretha – she also made us proud. Through her unparalleled gift and hard work she spoke for people too often without their own voice. She – and her artistry – were gifts to us from God

 

In tribute to the first female inducted, the official Twitter account for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described Franklin as “an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music.”

 

 

Rock Hall

 

@rockhall

 
 

Lady Soul. The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.

 

Sony Music’s Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis shared that Franklin’s death left him “absolutely devastated. “

“She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul,” he tweeted. “She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world.”

 

Clive Davis

 

@CliveDavis

 
 

I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. (1/2)

 

He added: “Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend.  Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”

 

Clive Davis

 

@CliveDavis

 
 

Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness. (2/2)

 

“You gave this world so much light & Love,” rapper Swizz Beatz recalled. 

 

SWIZZ BEATZ

 

@THEREALSWIZZZ

 

Rest well Queen you gave this world so much light & Love 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmiye2VhW9L/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=12wom5z8on4jt 

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