Aretha Franklin is 'alert and laughing' at home


"We love you", Beyoncé said, adding a word of thanks for "the lovely music".

"We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it and that's the important thing", he said.

She said at the time: "I will be recording, but this will be my past year in concert".

"I didn't think my songs would become anthems for women", she told Time Magazine a year ago. All further announcements will be made by her family.

Beyoncé dedicated her show on Monday night to the ailing Aretha Franklin, in a tribute to the legendary songstress in her hometown of Detroit. She got her start singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was the minister. "Aretha's dead",'" he said.

"She talked about this great, big special she was going to have in NY, with all her great friends performing", he said.

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Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987 - a year before the Beatles were inducted.

The soul singer had been battling health problems for years.

Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, have offered prayers and well wishes to the iconic soul singer. "My love, prayers and warm thoughts are with Aretha Franklin", Paula Abdul said. "So many have given us decades of Timeless music". Just weeks ago, Pastor Smith says she contacted him about performing at the church's annual benefit concert.

Beyonce and JAY-Z are keeping Aretha Franklin in their hearts. She was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March in Newark, New Jersey, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April.

In 2017, Detroit honored Franklin by naming a street after her.

She won 18 Grammy awards, including one for lifetime achievement, and sang at the inaugurations of two presidents - Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.