The music icon died on Thursday at the age of 76. Some, like Shirley Brown, Loleatta Holloway, Thelma Houston and Al Green, enjoyed popular success.
"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul", the statement said.
"She (Franklin) was also one of the central artists who took a stand against apartheid and rallied for the release of political prisoners in South Africa".
Listening to Aretha reminds us of a time of optimism and freedom, as well as struggle. RIP.
From the Obamas to Ariana Grande, almost everyone's tributes to the queen of soul have been lovely. While some paid tribute to Franklin by remembering her as "a glimpse of the divine", President Trump's tribute to the late singer has drawn criticism. "There was a song that I had written called, 'The Future.' And we were gonna, you know, write - you know, sing it together".
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She recorded steadily, releasing six albums by the middle of the decade with chart-topping songs like "One Step Ahead" and "You Made Me Love You", and her live show came to venues like the Showboat in Philadelphia and the Apollo in NY.
Franklin's records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. Ariana told her to text an MP3, but Franklin ended up mailing her a package, which arrived months later.
Franklin never at any point in her career lost the ability to give incandescent concert performances, but that's not to say that you could rely on her - her shows could be unpredictably listless or disorganized or sullen.
She continued: "She was a BLACK WOMAN".
The star also recalled listening to Aretha's music with his mother when he was younger.