Donald Trump's Tone-Deaf Statement About Aretha Franklin's Death Is Raising Eyebrows

Donald Trump's Tone-Deaf Statement About Aretha Franklin's Death Is Raising Eyebrows

At the age of 76 legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has passed away in Detroit following reports earlier this week that she was seriously ill.

When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced on Thursday morning, one United States president paid tribute to a voice that offered "a glimpse of the divine", in which Americans could feel "our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect". "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", a family statement read.

The statement continued: "We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world".

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said. "While most of us know her for her classic songs like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", there was more to the vocal powerhouse than met the eyes.

"She performed for 60 years".

Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. Over the course of her career she won 18 Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. She begins her solo with "The moment I wake up/Before I put on my makeup/I say a little" before backup singers chime in with "prayer for you".

In celebration of the long life and storied career of this monumental artist we've collected some of her best hymns and gospel tunes to share. The last time she appeared in public was at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in NY last November and her last performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.

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Armstrong, 62, said Franklin had been a "champion" and an "icon" for the city of Detroit.

When the singer was 12, she gave birth to Clarence Franklin Jr., after having a relationship with a classmate from school, Donald Burk. Flo Rida posted, "I was blessed to meet Miss Aretha Franklin after her concert in Miami Beach".

"She was obviously unwell, and I wasn't sure she could perform". In 1987, she became the first woman voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 named her the No. 1 singer of the rock era. Yet another great example of the melismatic style which every soul singer has attempted to imitate.

LaBelle herself shared her condolences after Franklin's death.

The roots of Franklin's life and music could be found in the church.

"Saddened by the passing of Aretha Franklin and wanted to do something to show respect to the Queen of Soul", one of the artists said in an email to Metro. Aretha's first music school was the church and her performances were powered by what she learned there. Clara Ward of The Ward Singers, she was Aretha's greatest influence.

The Queen had sung already during the inaugurations for two previous presidents (Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton), but she brought extra power and symbolism to the 2009 inauguration of America's first black president, Barack Obama.

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