In the Footsteps of the Queen

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  • Fantasia Barrino
  • Faith Evans
  • Jill Scott
  • Ledisi
  • Adele
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  • Aretha Franklin
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Beyoncé
  • Alicia Keys
  • Mariah Carey
  • Jennifer Hudson

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"It's been a long time since an artist like Adele has come along," Franklin once said, especially noting the U.K. singer's abilities to pen "lyrics that women can immediately relate to." And the Queen would know -- those are exactly the type of songs for which she is adored.

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