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FROM EW: Aretha Franklin Will Perform for Pope Francis

FROM EW: Aretha Franklin Will Perform for Pope Francis

Originally posted 09/14/2015 06:00PM

"It is indeed a blessing to sing in the presence of His Holiness and to the attendees of the Festival of Families in the City of Brotherly Love," the singer said

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FROM EW: Amazing Grace Documentary on Aretha Franklin Pulled from Second Film Festival

FROM EW: Amazing Grace Documentary on Aretha Franklin Pulled from Second Film Festival

Originally posted 09/07/2015 10:30AM

On the heels of Telluride, the Chicago International Film Festival has yanked the film after Franklin won an emergency injunction against it

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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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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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