"It was attractive. The audience was incredibly diverse, all ages".
"She is (a) major reason we started this company and promote this music was to honor Aretha and those people who created this fabulous genre".
"We know she's battled cancer since 2010 and struggled with health on numerous occasions recently".
The 76-year-old soul legend has been reported to be "gravely ill", with her loved ones gathered to say their goodbyes, but her nephew Tim Franklin has now revealed she is in good spirits and at home, although there are concerns over reports her death is said to be imminent.
"She is an American performer at its very best", Lydia said yesterday.
"Her legacy is larger than life". She got her start singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was the minister.More news: Rebel Arms Depot Explodes in Northern Syria, Killing 39 Civilians
Roland Martin, a journalist who frequently covers Franklin, took to Twitter to address her health condition, writing, "Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin".
"Without Aretha, the church wouldn't still be here", Smith said. The performance famously had President Barack Obama in tears.
Abdul "Duke" Fakir, the lone surviving original member of the Four Tops, told the AP on Monday morning they have been "very close" for decades and their most recent conversation was about a week ago by phone.
Aretha was a bridge between religion, pop culture and civil rights, said C. Shawn McGuffey, associate professor of sociology and director of the African and African Diaspora studies at Boston College. After all, she had performed the song plenty of times during her career.