After the death of Aretha Franklin was announced on Thursday morning, US personalities paid tribute to the American singer, songwriter and pianist.
The former president, Barack Obama, released a joint statement with his wife Michelle praising the legacy of the woman known as the “queen of soul”. They perceive Aretha as “graced with a glimpse of the divine.” She was the person in which Americans could feel “our power and pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect”.
Another former President and family, the Clintons, said Aretha was “one of the America’s greatest national treasure.”
According to a pool report, Trump speaking at a White House cabinet meeting said:” I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific – Aretha Franklin – on her passing.”
Donald Trump added: “She’s 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.”
Artists from all over the world pour admiration, respect and love on “icon of icons”. Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter that Franklin was an “angel of music”.
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.”
Mariah Carey, who performed with Franklin multiple times, shared several tweets in which she described Franklin as “my inspiration, my mentor and my friend.”
Aretha Franklin was a powerhouse vocalist, a Civil Right icon, and one of the most successful female recording artists in music history. Amongst her biggest career highlights, she performed at Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, when he was sworn into office as the first black president, and she sang My Country, ‘Tis of Thee on the steps of the Capitol.
She also sang (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015, attended by Obama, and her performance moved him to tears.
She received eight Grammy Awards and 17 Overall, she is the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, she held the record for Billboard Hot 100 singles by a woman for 40 years, list of honorary Doctorates includes Harvard and Yale just to name a few.
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was a minister.
She died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday aged 76. She will be missed but never forgotten.
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