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Aretha Franklin reportedly declined offer to sing at Trump's inauguration

Aretha Franklin reportedly declined offer to sing at Trump's inauguration

For the most part, it was a nice gesture however there was one line that many people just couldn't overlook and that was when Trump said, "she worked for me on numerous occasions". "One of the greatest blessings of the work that I do is that I get the chance to meet and have conversations with some really incredible people", Lemon said. She reportedly left the stage in tears following the performance. "Moments later, Grande opened the show with a rendition of "(You Make Me Feel) A Natural Woman" alongside The Roots.

TMZ said that initially Ariana told them she couldn't do it because she was too emotional in the wake of Franklin's death.

"I remember hearing her singing at the Reverend Franklin's church when I was little - maybe I was 4 or 5 years old - because my mother would always listen to the church services on Sunday".

"I find it disturbing and sad, and a reflection of his endless narcissism", said David Ritz, who spent years with Franklin seeking to understand the guarded performer for his 2014 biography, "Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin".

Singapore-based band The Souls regularly play Franklin's songs in their repertoire, which focuses on 1960s southern soul artists who recorded in American cities Memphis and Muscle Shoals.

The "official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit", the family statement said.

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"'We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on".

Former US president Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and singers Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney were among those to pay tribute to Franklin.

Franklin also performed at pre-inauguration concerts for Bill Clinton in 1993 and Jimmy Carter in 1977.

"She would just text me out of the blue and say, 'I saw something you did on CNN, and I'm so proud of you". Come on Fox News comparing all black women look a like. "Though I'm certain there was none".

Robinson's admiration for her only grew over the decades.

"Do you think your songs were the anthem for the Civil Rights Movement?" he asked.

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