In the Footsteps of the Queen

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

In the Footsteps of the Queen

With that distinctively airy grit in her voice, Aretha Franklin is one of the most respected (and covered) vocalists of the soul music generation and all of its offspring (neosoul, R&B, and the like).

Hits including her run of the charts in the 60s with songs like, "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman," and "Think," earned her the title of "The Queen of Soul;" and her vocal range helped usher in the use of the word "diva" to describe singers in genres other than opera.

That kind of cultural impact has made R&B divas who've debuted since, in her debt. Read on to see a crop of crooners who are carrying on tradition.

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)