Aretha Franklin all-star tribute concert in the works

17 August, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Legendary US singer Aretha Franklin

On Monday, reports surfaced that the iconic singer was battling cancer and that her death is imminent.

The 18-time Grammy victor is one of the best-selling artists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

"I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour", he recalled.

Franklin's serious condition was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Sunday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend.

"Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years", the tweet read.

"She is gravely ill in Detroit".

Aretha's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told People magazine: 'Aretha Franklin has been the Matriarch of the Franklin family since the passing of all of her siblings. "They took me to a concert and remember watching her backstage with her fur and diamonds commanding the room like a boss".

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Beyonce, who's now touring with her husband Jay-Z for the On The Run II tour stopped their show the other night in Aretha's hometown of Detroit and dedicated their performance to her. "I really don't know what it would be like not to have her".

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and dozens of other awards in her lengthy career. "I don't think there is anyone that Aretha Franklin's music has not touched or influenced in one way or another", Moore said.

She sang at the inaugurations of two presidents - Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

In an unusual move, a tribute concert produced by Live Nation and spearheaded by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis, who signed Franklin to Arista Records in 1980, has already been announced.

"She would have loved to have been here", Franklin's assistant Fannie Tyler told assembled news media, while thanking the church for the vigil.

Her last performance was on November 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

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