9 Of Aretha Franklin’s Most Iconic Moments That Taught Us R-E-S-P-E-C-T

perform onstage during the "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" Premiere Concert during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017 in New York City.

9 Of Aretha Franklin’s Most Iconic Moments That Taught Us R-E-S-P-E-C-T

From a tearful Barack Obama to a personal space-invading Wendy Williams, see some of the greatest memories we'll remember from the Queen of Soul.

Published August 16th

The wound cuts painfully deep into the heart of music whenever it loses one of its most supremely-gifted icons of acclaim such as the undisputed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who passed away on Thursday morning (August 15) at the age of 76.

As the most charted female musician in Billboard history and the first female Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Aretha is crowned as one the best-selling musicians of all time with over 75 million records circulating worldwide and 18 Grammys to her name. The Queen of Soul birthed the epitome of soul music, giving us classics like “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel) Natural Woman” and a powerfully multifaceted vocal gamut surpassed by no other. Aretha gave us soul ministry, matchless vocalism, class, and the true essence of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

As we remember the Queen of Soul, relive nine of the most memorable moments reminding us all of what her unparagoned legacy looked like and meant to us all.

  1. When the Queen of Soul brought President Barack Obama to tears…
  2. When the Queen of Soul dismissed her fur coat with class...
  3. When the Queen of Soul didn’t hold her tongue on the media’s ‘inside source’…
  4. When the Queen of Soul reminded us all that ‘hindering’ doesn’t belong in the same sentence as her legacy…
  5. When the Queen of Soul did the exact opposite of securing the wig…
  6. When the Queen of Soul had to remind Wendy Williams of what P-E-R-S-O-N-A-L space means to her…
  7. When the Queen of Soul made her grand entrance…with even grander shade
  8. When the Queen of Soul didn’t have anything nice to say, so she didn’t say anything at all…
  9. When the Queen of Soul reigned dominant over the entire Divas Live 1998 performance…

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

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