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Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett and More Perform at the White House

Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett and More Perform at the White House

Originally posted 04/15/2015 07:50AM

Aretha Franklin brought down the (White) House at a concert celebrating gospel music in the nation's capital on Tuesday.

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White House Private Party DJ Revealed: Surprise, It's President Obama

White House Private Party DJ Revealed: Surprise, It's President Obama

Originally posted 12/20/2014 10:45AM

The Obamas open up about raising their daughters, the impact of stereotypes, and what's on the POTUS dance party playlist. Subscribe now for instant access to the exclusive PEOPLE interview.

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Sorry, Dolly! Beyoncé Is Now Grammy's Most Nominated Woman

Beyoncé Beats Dolly Parton's Grammy Nominations Record

Originally posted 12/05/2014 08:10PM

Beyoncé is now the reigning queen of Grammy nominations!

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PEOPLE Picks: Marry Me's a Must-See & Robert Downey Jr.'s a Winner in The Judge | Casey Wilson, Ken Marino

PEOPLE Picks: Marry Me's a Must-See & Robert Downey Jr.'s a Winner in The Judge

Originally posted 09/10/2014 04:00PM

Check out a dozen cool things to see, hear, read and download this week

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Let Aretha Franklin Blow Your Mind with This Adele Cover

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Listen to Aretha Franklin Cover Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' (VIDEO)

Originally posted 09/29/2014 07:35PM

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Aretha Franklin just gave Adele a huge compliment.

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The Bow's Back! Katy Perry Channels Aretha at Inauguration | Katy Perry

Katy Perry Channels Aretha Franklin at Inauguration

Originally posted 01/21/2013 01:05PM

Katy Perry was feeling festive – and possibly a little nostalgic – at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday.

The "Teenage Dream" singer, 28, who was joined by beau John Mayer, 35, in Washington, D.C., for the festivities, sported a fun little hat with a miniature version of the bow Aretha Franklin wore to the same event in 2009.

"I had it made," Perry told PEOPLE. "I thought it would be fun to do a shout-out back to four years ago."

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Beyoncé Prepping Patriotic Performance for Presidential Inauguration

Beyoncé & Kelly Clarkson to Sing for the Obamas at Presidential Inauguration

Originally posted 01/09/2013 05:00AM

Michelle Obama works out to her music – plus, she's no stranger to the White House – so it's only fitting this year that Beyoncé will be front and center at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

The R&B superstar will be performing the National Anthem at the Jan. 21 ceremony, which will take place at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, the Presidential Inaugural Committee tells PEOPLE. And she will be joined by an equally auspicious roster of singers: Kelly Clarkson will perform "My Country 'Tis of Thee" this year (that honor went to Aretha Franklin ... and her infamous hat in 2009), while James Taylor will sing "America the Beautiful."

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Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton Mourn Donna Summer's Death | Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer

Donna Summer Dies: Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin Mourn Her Passing

Originally posted 05/17/2012 06:45PM

Following the sad news on Thursday that disco legend Donna Summer lost her battle with cancer, celebrity fans have expressed their appreciation for the singer.

"So shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer," Aretha Franklin said in a statement. "In the '70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget, 'Last Dance?' [She was] a fine performer and a very nice person."

Barbra Streisand said she was "shocked" to hear about the death of Summer, 63, who never let on to the public that she was so sick.

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Aretha Franklin Denies Rift with Whitney Houston's Mother

Aretha Franklin Denies Rift with Whitney Houston's Mother

Originally posted 02/23/2012 08:40AM

The Queen has spoken.

Aretha Franklin angrily denies reports that she was barred from attending Whitney Houston's funeral because of comments she made about parenting last Friday on NBC's Today show.

The Queen of Soul, 69, did not attend Saturday's funeral, citing leg spasms. But some reports said Houston's mother Cissy told her not to attend, after Franklin said on Today that "parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home."

In a statement Wednesday, Franklin said she was speaking generally, not about the Houstons, and that NBC cut a line where she said, "This is no reflection on Cissy or Nippy's upbringing." She then slammed media reports of a rift between her and Cissy.

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Aretha Franklin Won't Perform at Whitney Houston Funeral Due to Leg Spasms | Aretha Franklin

UpdatePosted 02/18/2012 12:30PM

Aretha Franklin Won't Perform at Whitney Houston Funeral Due to Leg Spasms

Originally posted 02/18/2012 11:50AM

Aretha Franklin announced Saturday that she would be unable to perform at Whitney Houston's funeral due to leg spasms.

"Regretfully, I am so sorry that I was unable to be with you at Whitney's service today," the Queen of Soul said in a statement.

"I had every intention of being there. But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00 a.m. this morning following my concert last night, which I've been having for the last few days." (The singer acknowledged her uncomfortable footwear during her Friday concert.)

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