Aretha Franklin Dead at 76: Barbra Streisand, John Legend and More React
By Antoinette Bueno
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Legendary singer Aretha Franklin died on Thursday, leaving behind a legacy few artists will ever match.
Franklin was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and undoubtedly influenced some of music's biggest stars. Not surprisingly, everyone from Barbra Streisand to John Legend have taken to social media to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul.
Streisand shared a photo of the two together along with an emotional message.
"This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch," she 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."
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 pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM
Nicki Minaj opened up her Beats 1 show Queen Radio on Thursday by paying tribute to the iconic vocalist.
"We’ve lost one of our icons. Someone we’ve all been inspired by," the "Chun-Li" rapper shared. "I remember being in school learning ‘Respect,' and that felt like a mini national anthem for us. It’s so weird how everyone grew up with that song. What I love about the song is not just saying give me respect, it’s demanding respect. I like strong and iconic women. She was unapologetically the queen. She never made apologies for being a queen, but the queen. The queen of all queens."
Alicia Keys also honored Franklin on the show, saying, "You start thinking wow, this beautiful and incredible life and woman. I was listening to her music while I was driving in. She’s so special. I feel sad, but really inspired and celebratory. She was able to touch so many people, divinely. She touched me. Some of my greatest songs were inspired by hers that I loved. Talk about queens— she was definitely the queen. She stepped into the room and everyone bowed down."
Read on for more tributes to Franklin:
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 #QueenofSoul#TCB#Respectpic.twitter.com/aYyBYf7JJ2
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://t.co/3Tz7G2W205pic.twitter.com/Q5DtmJ1IVa
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. pic.twitter.com/akEgX7sv1j
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
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. #QueenofSoulpic.twitter.com/4bZVAWcqeS
Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move🙌🏾 this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady 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 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9
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 pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
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. pic.twitter.com/ug5oZYywAz
She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday – and that meant so much to me.
One of the highlights of my career was singing with #ArethaFranklin 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://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y
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)
The @AmericanIdol fam had the great privilege of working with the iconic Aretha Franklin for a special ep in Detroit. The world will miss her as she’s left an indelible mark on our culture. Her artistry & music will move & inspire us forever. Rest in peace to the Queen of Soul. pic.twitter.com/3LaOL6wvkn
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. #RIPAretha
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.