The Music World Is Paying Tribute To Aretha Franklin, A Game-Changing Legend

Heroes of the music and entertainment industries have paid tribute to the legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin, after her death at the age of 76.

Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monáe, Britney Spears, and scores more have offered statements of sincere thanks to Franklin for her immense contributions to popular music.

Her influence reached much further than just the music scene, and her genre-defining hits had an outsize influence on generations of public figures. Both Barack and Michelle Obama have spoken about Franklin’s influence as a cultural cornerstone, along with figures from Hollywood and beyond.

Franklin died overnight at her home in Detroit, a publicist confirmed to Variety. She had been faced with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in the years before her death.

Across her career Franklin amassed 18 Grammy Awards and charted 73 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 list, the most of any female artist, period. She was also the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987.

RIP to the Queen of Soul.