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WATCH: Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in first ‘Respect’ teaser

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:23 AM

The biopic on the late Queen of Soul's life is slated for an October 2020 release

Aretha Franklin awarded special posthumous Pulitzer Prize

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Queen of Soul is the first female performer to ever win the Pulitzer Prize's Special Citation award

Bishop apologizes for 'groping' Ariana Grande

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologizes following criticism over his actions during Aretha Franklin's funeral

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 31, 2018 Bishop Charles Ellis chats with Ariana Grande after her performance at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.  Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who officiated the funeral of Aretha Franklin, has apologized for appearing to grope singer Ariana Grande on stage, sparking widespread outrage. "It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast. ... I don't know, I guess I put my arm around her," Ellis said in comments to US media confirmed to AFP on September 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Angela Weiss

Stars celebrate Queen Aretha at marathon funeral

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Stevie wonder, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson perform during the service, attended by president and musicians

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 31: Stevie Wonder performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Fans line up to bid farewell to the 'Queen of Soul'

Mourners line up to view the body of Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Aretha Franklin passed away from advanced pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018 at age 76. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PAUL SANCYA

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Music world mourns Aretha Franklin at MTV video awards

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'She led me to where I am today, and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight,' says Madonna, who led the tribute

TRIBUTE. Madonna speaks onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images/AFP

Fans, churchgoers pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson remembers his dear friend known as the 'Queen of Soul' at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father preached

TRIBUTE FOR THE QUEEN. A man paints a mural of Aretha Franklin on a wall down the street where the Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke celebrating the life of singer Aretha Franklin at her father's church, New Bethel Baptist, during a Sunday morning service in Detroit, Michigan on August 19.  Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit

Aug 18, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The funeral will be held in her hometown after a two-day public viewing for fans

ARETHA FRANKLIN. The late singer's funeral will be held in her hometown in Detroit. Screenshot from

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Aug 17, 2018 - 2:43 PM

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'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Musicians, political leaders, and activists remember the Queen of Soul following her death on August 16

QUEEN OF SOUL. Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, and Barack Obama are among those who paid tribute to Aretha Franklin. Photos from Molly Riley/AFP,,, and

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:25 PM

(UPDATED) Aretha Franklin's bell-clear voice with its 4 octaves found its way into the styles of stars. She died Thursday with family and friends beside her. She was 76.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 6, 2015 Aretha Franklin poses on the red carpet before the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.  Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 on August 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit according to her publicist. / AFP PHOTO / MOLLY RILEY

US 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill: report

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The singer 'is gravely ill in Detroit,' writes reporter and family friend Roger Friedman

Berita selebriti hari ini: Jumat, 10 Februari 2017

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:10 AM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

WATCH: Aretha Franklin's 'Natural Woman' tribute to Carole King brings Barack Obama to tears

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:05 PM

Aretha pays tribute to Carole one of the 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees

ARETHA FRANKLIN. The Queen of Soul pays tribute to Carole Cole as she sings '(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.' Screengrab from YouTube

LISTEN: Aretha covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

Sep 30, 2014 - 8:59 AM

Aretha Franklin s cover of Adele s 2010 megahit Rolling in the Deep had netizens hitting the play button over and over again after it was released on YouTube

QUEEN OF SOUL. Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre on March 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Fox Theatre/AFP

Beyonce 'did not sing live' at Obama inauguration, says official

Jan 24, 2013 - 7:57 AM

The official also told CNN that Beyonce herself has decided on Sunday January 20 not to perform live as she had arrived too late to have proper rehearsal time with the US Marine Band

LIP-SYNCHED? Singer Beyonce performs the National Anthem as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP