Photo Thomas Whiteside
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 05: Singer Aretha Franklin performs during a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council on September 5, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin entertained the crowd as they awaited President Barack Obama’s Labor Day address.
(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Singers Aretha Franklin (L) and Bebe Winans perform onstage during the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin performs at “An Evening of Stars Tribute to Aretha Franklin” Saturday Sept. 9, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, CA this was the 2nd day of taping for the United Negro College Fund special.
(AP Photo/Earl Gibson)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 14: Aretha Franklin performs during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)