Aretha Franklin

Michigan prosecutors revealed Friday that Aretha Franklin suspected that someone stole nearly $180,000 from her in the months prior to her August 2018 death. The investigation into the theft remains ongoing, Oakland County prosecutors told the Detroit News, although the Queen of Soul’s death complicates the situation. “In June 2018, [Franklin] filed a complaint with […]

The late Aretha Franklin owed more than $6.3 million in back taxes, The Detroit News reports. However, an attorney for her estate claims that about half of those back taxes to the IRS have already been paid. According to legal documents filed in Oakland County Probate Court in Michigan per The Detroit News, the unpaid […]

The long-shelved Aretha Franklin concert film Amazing Grace will receive a nationwide release in early 2019. Following the Queen of Soul’s death in August, the 1972 film was finally unveiled at the DOC NYC festival ahead its Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York. Franklin’s estate and film distributor Neon announced an agreement for the […]

[embedded content] Aretha Franklin belts two of her signature gospel songs, “Mary, Don’t You Weep” and “How I Got Over,” in the debut trailer for Amazing Grace, director Sydney Pollack’s long-awaited concert film capturing the sessions for her 1972 live album of the same name. The documentary is set to premiere at the 2018 DOC […]

Gladys Knight fronted a soulful gospel tribute to the late Aretha Franklin on Tuesday at the 2018 American Music Awards. Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans joined for the all-star medley performance, which highlighted Franklin’s gospel roots and her seminal 1972 album, Amazing Grace. Knight opened the show-closing set with a tender version of “Amazing […]

An exhibit dedicated to the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin will open this week at a Detroit museum. The estate-approved “Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul” arrives at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History this Tuesday and will exhibit until January 21st, 2019. “This is an opportunity for people […]

Less than a month after Aretha Franklin succumbed to pancreatic cancer, her friend Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the Queen of Soul at Friday night’s Stand Up to Cancer telethon. Wonder’s performance can be viewed at the 56-minute mark of the above video. “You know, I believe that if we just begin to love each […]

The bishop who served as the emcee at Aretha Franklin‘s funeral apologized to Ariana Grande following accusations that he groped the singer onstage as well as likened the singer to a Taco Bell menu item. Following Grande’s performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple Friday, Bishop Charles […]

Befitting a woman whose influence spanned decades and genres, Aretha Franklin’s eight-hour memorial service on Friday encompassed just about everyone and everything. In the 4,000-seat Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Franklin was eulogized by former presidents, entertainment titans, and religious figures: From Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Reverend Jesse Jackson to Clive Davis and […]

Stevie Wonder closed out Aretha Franklin‘s funeral Friday with a powerful rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” and “As” at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. The singer opened his performance with a mournful harmonica version of “The Lord’s Prayer” before delivering a brief eulogy for Franklin, saying that without “God’s goodness,” “We will have never known a […]

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