Celebridades de todos los ámbitos alrededor del mundo lamentaron la muerte de “La Reina del Soul”, Aretha Franklin, quien falleció este jueves a los 76 años en su casa de Detroit, tras luchar contra un cáncer pancreático que la aquejaba desde 2010.
El mundo del espectáculo, la política, el deporte, el modelaje, entre otras áreas, reaccionaron con pesar ante la lamentable pérdida y no tardaron en presentar sus respetos por la leyenda de la música a través de redes sociales.
Con su poderosa voz, Franklin ha sellado un lugar en la historia de la música estadounidense a lo largo de una carrera de décadas que abarcó todos los géneros: del soul al R&B y del gospel al pop.
En 1987 se convirtió en la primera mujer en ingresar en el Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll. En 2010, la revista Rolling Stone la colocó primera en su lista de los 100 mejores cantantes de todos los tiempos, tanto hombres como mujeres.
El legendario productor Clive Davis, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Stephen King, Michelle Obama, Oprah, Barack Obama, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Mia Farrow, Bette Midler, Hillary Clinton, Carole King, Bernice King, hija menor de Martin Luther King Jr. y Coretta Scott King., Smokey Robinson, los Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey, Axl Rose, Otis Redding, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Marie Presley, Jessie Ware, Liam Gallagher, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, El CEO de Apple, Tim Cook, el exfotógrafo de la Casa Blanca Pete Souza, Julian Lennon, la NASA, la directora Ava DuVernay, Reese Witherspoon, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Olivia Wilde, Viola Davis, Naomi Campbell, Britney Spears, Taraji P. Henson, Tim Mcgraw, Faith Hill, Quincy Jones, Anita Baker, Tyra Banks, la NFL, la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas (La Academia que organiza los Oscars), la Academia de Grabación (Grammy), la universidad de Harvard y el The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), entre tantos otros, dedicaron emotivos mensajes en honor a la “Reina del Soul”.
“Tomémonos un momento para agradecer por la hermosa vida que fue Aretha Franklin, la Reina de nuestras almas, quien nos inspiró a todos por muchos años. Vamos a extrañarla, pero los recuerdos de su grandeza como músico y como ser humano vivirán por siempre con nosotros”, escribió Paul McCartney.
Elton John expresó que “la pérdida de Aretha Franklin es un golpe para todos los que aman la música de verdad: múica que viene desde el corazón, el alma y la Iglesia. Su voz era única, sus habilidades para el piano fueron subvaloradas. Era una de mis pianistas favoritas”.
“La Reina del Soul ha dejado la Tierra para sentarse en su trono en el Cielo. Cuán bendecidos fuimos de poder escuchar lo mejor que Dios tiene que ofrecer por medio de su voz”, manifestó Lenny Kravitz.
Por su parte, Barbra Streisand publicó una imagen junto a Franklin junto al siguiente mensaje: “Esta foto fue tomada en 2012, cuando Aretha y yo nos presentamos en una celebración en homenaje a nuestro amigo Marvin Hamlisch. Es difícil concebir un mundo sin ella. No sólo fue una cantante brillante, sino que además su compromiso con los derechos civiles dejaron un impacto imborrable en el mundo”.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) 16 de agosto de 2018
I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. (1/2)
— Clive Davis (@CliveDavis) 16 de agosto de 2018
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) 16 de agosto de 2018
This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) 16 de agosto de 2018
God bless Aretha Franklin the queen of soul and peace and love to her family 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶☮️
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) 16 de agosto de 2018
— Carole King (@Carole_King) 16 de agosto de 2018
“Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew
I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you
Life was so unkind
But you’re the key to
My peace of mind.”
Her voice/swagger was peerless.
Thank you, #ArethaFranklin pic.twitter.com/5gp0OP10Jf
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) 16 de agosto de 2018
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) 16 de agosto de 2018
RESPECT 2 the Queen!!!👑
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) 16 de agosto de 2018
We’re saddened by the loss of Aretha Franklin. Asteroid 249516 Aretha, found by our NEOWISE mission and named after the singer to commemorate the #QueenOfSoul, will keep orbiting beyond Mars. See more details: https://t.co/NlW4vkmKDq pic.twitter.com/yZ0E5ofSQT
— NASA (@NASA) 16 de agosto de 2018
Watching Aretha Franklin perform at the White House, and on so many other occasions, made time stand still. @BarackObama and I are holding Aretha’s family in our hearts right now. She will forever be our Queen of Soul. pic.twitter.com/NhHsbKijpl
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) 16 de agosto de 2018
The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit on her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice. RESPECT!
📷: Mark Seliger pic.twitter.com/v9OxtyrZ74
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) 16 de agosto de 2018
Today has always been a hard day for me, and now the “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin has left us, this loss saddens my heart not only was she a fellow Memphian, but she was also my inspiration to sing 😢 pic.twitter.com/amLqmcGvri
— Lisa Marie Presley (@LisaPresley) 16 de agosto de 2018
Rest In Peace, Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/4wBdSquX1c
— NFL (@NFL) 16 de agosto de 2018
Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years. We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) 14 de agosto de 2018
Aretha Franklin’s rich voice, passionate deliver and empowering lyrics represent some of the greatest recordings in the history of music! On this day and everyday we’re thinking of the Queen of Soul. pic.twitter.com/MLBTWlafNb
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) 13 de agosto de 2018
Aretha was One of a kind…
The Queen of Soul ♥️
Nothing but ‘Respect’…
Heart & Prayers to Family & Friends… 🙏🏻x https://t.co/3w0egQmcAT
— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) 16 de agosto de 2018
It was a double thrill for me to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on my 85th birthday and have the Queen of Soul (and heart) Aretha Franklin singing with me….she will be missed by the world. pic.twitter.com/74VM9IYejI
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) 16 de agosto de 2018
Rest In Peace to our Queen of Soul. Her contribution to music and to the empowerment and enrichment of our hearts, Spirits and souls is immeasurable.
Thank you Ms. Aretha Franklin for sharing your anointed gifts with us. They changed the world. We are deeply grateful!
— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) 16 de agosto de 2018
Very sad to hear the news about Aretha, she was so inspiring and wherever you were she always brought you to church. pic.twitter.com/GMCzQRkahc
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) 16 de agosto de 2018
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) 14 de agosto de 2018
— Smokey Robinson (@smokey_robinson) 16 de agosto de 2018
Aretha was such a timeless inspiration to me and so many others, the ultimate queen, thank you for the gift of your voice, music and unshakeable soul 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/me3FXBY4WZ
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) 16 de agosto de 2018
There will NEVER be another Aretha Franklin. Only those inspired by her as they reach for the impossible. https://t.co/9iYaGo0ZoW
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) 14 de agosto de 2018
Rest in Power, Ms. Aretha. You were the Queen. Your rendition of “Respect” launched a revolution. Our condolences go out to the Franklin family and all of her fans worldwide. – The Redding Family https://t.co/GzudOmBH5M #ArethaFranklin
— Otis Redding (@OtisRedding) 16 de agosto de 2018
My thoughts, my heart and my prayers are with Aretha Franklin, the greatest singer of all time, and all of her loved ones right now. ❤
— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) 14 de agosto de 2018
Aretha the Queen. Aretha Franklin epitomized that fierce black woman soul with just enough touch of pain in her vibrato, to make every human bow down to those precious vocals that only she could produce. May the heavens above shout with eternal pride, R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) 16 de agosto de 2018
Queen… My Queen. pic.twitter.com/6olvvLPISd
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) 16 de agosto de 2018
From the time that Dinah Washington 1st told me that Aretha was the “next one” when she was 12-years old, until the present day, Aretha Franklin set the bar & she did it with the professionalism, class, grace, & humility that only a true Queen could… 📸: Hassan pic.twitter.com/IjT6I7NH1D
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) 16 de agosto de 2018
We have lost the greatest singer of our time. As a songwriter, I know personally how meaningful a gifted interpreter of material can be.
No one can replace her.
– Billy Joel pic.twitter.com/7QZQ1IzSD8
— Billy Joel (@billyjoel) 16 de agosto de 2018
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) 16 de agosto de 2018
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) 16 de agosto de 2018
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) 16 de agosto de 2018
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) 16 de agosto de 2018
Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move🙌🏾 this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) 16 de agosto de 2018
Deeply sad this morning. Aretha Franklin has left us and her blessed family. She Lifted up the best angels of our nature. May her legacy of truth, love, hope, and joy live on in all of us.
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) 16 de agosto de 2018
The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved #ArethaFranklin has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) 16 de agosto de 2018
— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) 16 de agosto de 2018
RESPECT!!! REST IN PEACE AND POWER OUR TRUE QUEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN. IT WAS AN HONOR TO HAVE MET YOU AND WORKED WITH YOU 😢😢💔💔🙏🏾 #QUEENOFSOUL #ROYALTY #BLACKEXCELLENCEATITSBEST #LEGEND 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/RBIzD0dxaI
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) 16 de agosto de 2018
Whether it was Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop,or Civil Rights, Aretha Franklin was the greatest gift and the voice of a generation. She could turn any song into a hymn. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel
Rest In Peace Aretha
— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) 16 de agosto de 2018
forever ♡ pic.twitter.com/E4JopV0ffT
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) 16 de agosto de 2018
Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) 16 de agosto de 2018
Lucky enough to have seen Aretha live exactly once, and this was it.
Thank you for the music, we will be listening to you forever https://t.co/aMHIBFaTAs
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) 16 de agosto de 2018
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin.
Aretha was a groundbreaker and an icon whose legacy will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/dmYrfpDOjC
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) 16 de agosto de 2018
Today we have lost one of the greatest. She will always be remembered and admired. Aretha Franklin, rest in peace. We love you.
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) 16 de agosto de 2018
Thank you #ArethaFranklin 💔we will miss you
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) 16 de agosto de 2018
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha
— John Legend (@johnlegend) 16 de agosto de 2018
We mourn the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Her voice will keep lifting us, through the music she gave the world. Our thoughts are with her family, her loved ones and fans everywhere. Take her hand, precious Lord, and lead her home. 🎶 pic.twitter.com/I84HTEVZU1
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) 16 de agosto de 2018
Rest In Peace, Queen pic.twitter.com/57rZh8vHza
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) 16 de agosto de 2018
Tuve la oportunidad de estar a su lado durante un concierto en Philadelphia y créanme… jamás habrá nadie que cante como ella. Aretha Franklin R.I.P @arethasings #arethafranklin foto por @paulajaramillodelc pic.twitter.com/9zxfCw6OHL
— JUANES (@juanes) 16 de agosto de 2018
One of the highlights of my career was singing with #ArethaFranklin at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all. https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) 16 de agosto de 2018
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) 16 de agosto de 2018
Our thoughts are with Ms. Aretha Franklin today. RIP to the true Queen of Soul. Thank you for inspiring the world with your beautiful voice and spirit ♥️ pic.twitter.com/vwEDDnOZXx
— Columbia Records (@ColumbiaRecords) 16 de agosto de 2018
this is truly a sad day. rest peacefully queen. icon. my sincere condolences to her family. #ArethaFranklin
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) 16 de agosto de 2018
There will never be another Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin is the embodiment of a soul blessed with a special gift. Grateful we have decades of recordings that will live on. Long Live The Queen. #RIPAretha
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) 16 de agosto de 2018
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.. A true legend and world icon…the greatest vocalist and entertainer of all time. Aretha paved the way for so many great artists, over 6 decades of music. Thank you for all of your contributions. My condolences and prayers are with the family. pic.twitter.com/akEgX7sv1j
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) 16 de agosto de 2018
I’m deeply saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed. She was an unbelievable artist, who inspired me and millions of others. She was the most soulful and inspirational singer of our time… there will never be anyone like her. I had the great privilege of performing with Aretha… it was truly one of the greatest moments of my career. I send my prayers and condolences to her family and loved ones. – Céline xx… . Je suis profondément attristée d’apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. C’était une artiste incroyable qui m’a influencée ainsi que des millions de gens. La reine de la soul et la chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque … il n’y aura jamais personne comme elle. J’ai eu le privilège de chanter avec Aretha … Assurément un des grands moments de ma carrière. Mes pensées et mes condoléances à sa famille et à ses proches. – Céline xx… . 📸 : Kevin Mazur
The loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday – and that meant so much to me. The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. @arethasings #RIP #ArethaFranklin #QueenOfSoul @ejaf
Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers’ singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend. You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You’ve inspired millions everywhere yet never left home, never left church. Today the entire world mourns your home-going and celebrates all the brilliance you left behind. I will forever cherish the moments I spent in your presence. Your indelible impact was earned not only by your incomparable voice but by your bigger than life personality, wit and humor. I say a BIG prayer for you. You will forever have all our RESPECT. Love, Mariah ♥️
For as long as I can remember, Aretha Franklin has been the absolute zenith, the guiding light, the master for any girl that aspired to sing or even just appreciated someone at the top of their game. I was blessed to have sung with her on more than one occasion and each time I felt that I was in the presence of musical royalty that would forever raise the bar and set the standard. Long live the Queen of Soul through her extraordinary & singular voice and her indelible music. 💙💙💙 Desde que tengo uso de razón, Aretha Franklin ha sido el cenit absoluto, la luz de guia, la maestra para cualquier niña que soñaba con cantar o simplemente apreciaba a alguien en la cima de su profesión. Fui bendecida de poder cantar con ella en más de una ocasión y cada vez supe que estaba en la presencia de realeza musical que por siempre elevaría el listón y marcaría el estándar. Que vivía la Reina de “Soul” a través de su voz extraordinaria y singular y su música indelible…💙🌻
Oh queen oh queen how I cry to see you go. Like so many others I share the sadness of this loss. A true inspiration, a constant listen in my youth. I remember going deep into her B sides and live performances, always in awe of her ability. To discover the effortlessness of her gift, to take it in and experience the tones that shaped my love for singing. Her instrument like no other. Magic, pure magic. Thank you Aretha.
GLORY, GLORY, GLORY to the ALMIGHTY!!! The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement.
Aretha truly sang with the spirit of God in her. She is one the Greatest singers and voices to ever walk this planet. There is only one Queen of Soul and that’s you Aretha! Sing for the angels and make them cry. You are one of the greatest we have heard seen and felt. Love to you Queen. GOD bless your Soul.
This is the face of a young man who couldn’t believe he was actually singing with the GREATEST OF ALL TIME. Thank you, Ms. Franklin for blessing us all with your incomparable gift. Honored to have shared the stage with you for even a moment and to be inspired by you for a whole lifetime. Always bowing down to you. #QueenofSoul
Artistry inspires artistry. Remembering the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Aretha Franklin with this 1986 #MoMACollection album cover by Andy Warhol. … [🎨: Aretha Franklin with (cover) Andy Warhol. “Aretha.” 1986. 12-inch vinyl record. Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund. © 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]
Today, we’re remembering Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” and an honorary degree recipient at our 2014 Commencement. ⠀ ⠀ Aretha Franklin’s career spanned more than five decades, from singing in a Detroit church choir to being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.⠀ ⠀ At the ceremony where she was awarded her Harvard honorary degree, she also performed the national anthem, a truly memorable experience. – Photo: Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer
Unforgettable woman! Powerful! Original! Dynamic! One of one! One of my GREATEST inspirations!!! When we met it was literally a spiritual experience for me. When she would say she loved my songs or sang them in her show, I literally would almost pass out from the sheer honor of her voice gracing music I had created. The songs she gave us made us stand up stronger and prouder. They made us speak up for ourselves!! She empowered us!! There’s a deep hole left in the musical landscape now that she is gone. But all she has given us will live on forever! We get to be inspired by her forever and now I’m going to write more songs in her honor. I’m inspired.🏃🏽♀️🏃🏽♀️🏃🏽♀️💨 💨 💨 🎹🎤 Thank you to the Queen, there are really no words!! We love you forever!!