Ariana Grande performed emotional tribute to Aretha Franklin on 'The Tonight Show'

Aretha Franklin

Franklin's career had its roots with her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, who first urged her to sing at his church, the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. "There was a song that I had written called, 'The Future.' And we were gonna, you know, write - you know, sing it together".

Musician Jon Batiste said the parade of music and cultural pioneers shaped a young Aretha Franklin. Some, like Shirley Brown, Loleatta Holloway, Thelma Houston and Al Green, enjoyed popular success. "She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice".

Listening to Aretha reminds us of a time of optimism and freedom, as well as struggle. RIP.

"For such a person who commanded kings and queens", Foster Siggers said, "we were at her house".

Robinson's admiration for her only grew over the decades. Prayer, love, desire, joy, despair, rapture, feminism, Black Power-it is hard to think of a performer who provided a deeper, more profound reflection of her times. The TV channel mixed up a photo of "Queen of Soul" Franklin with the "Godmother of Soul" Patti LaBelle.

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"Just knowing her from a baby until now", Siggers said, "she's been the same".

Franklin - an 18-time Grammy victor with a clear, rich voice able to span musical genres - influenced generations of singers with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

On the other hand, Donald Trump could not resist opening his remarks on the singer's death with a little self-promotion.

The image originated from a 2014 performance at the White House, where she sang for former U.S. President Barack Obama. Although the interview took place "early", Franklin serenaded Lemon with her hit, "Respect".

"When she made a decision to die she came to the city of Detroit ... downtown and that was her choice", Holley said. "Some of my greatest songs were inspired by hers that I loved". Though she left the city to pursue her career in NY and Los Angeles, she returned to the city in 1982 to be closer to her family. She reportedly left the stage in tears following the performance. Two years ago, Franklin serenaded donors to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in a suburb of Detroit.

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