Feeling Aretha’s spirit, J Hud honors icon at Pulitzers

Entertainment 05/28/19, 15:56

With bad weather in Chicago on Monday and her flight canceled, Jennifer Hudson fretted at the thought of missing her performance at Tuesday's Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony to pay tribute to honoree Aretha Franklin.But then Hudson said she felt the spirit of the Queen of Soul — who refused to ...

Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin’s estate

Entertainment 05/21/19, 19:17

The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly ...

3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin’s home

Entertainment 05/20/19, 18:23

Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the "Queen of Soul," including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday.The latest one is dated March 2014 and appears to give the famous ...

A T-shirt shopping trip with rock singer James Bay

Entertainment 05/16/19, 12:45

Yes, British singer James Bay's favorite music T-shirt is of the Rolling Stones, but the one he wishes he had? Aretha Franklin."Somebody asked the other day, 'What's your greatest influence of all-time?' ... I can't see how it's not Aretha," Bay said while shopping at a vintage store ...

Pulitzers given to Aretha Franklin, author Richard Powers

Entertainment 04/15/19, 15:02

Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the late icon "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture." Competitive Pulitzers were awarded to books about two other giants of American history: Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke.David W. Blight's 900-page "Frederick Douglass" was named the ...

Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

Entertainment 04/15/19, 14:49

Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930.The Pulitzer board said the award was given to Franklin for her ...

Review: How sweet the sound is in Aretha doc ‘Amazing Grace’

Entertainment 04/02/19, 18:26

After many dangers, toils and snares, the long-lost Aretha Franklin concert film "Amazing Grace" has finally seen the light, and good Lord is it good.Filmed over two sessions in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Watts section of Los Angeles, it captures Franklin at the ...

Jonathan McReynolds wins big at Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Entertainment 03/30/19, 14:11

Jonathan McReynolds was the top winner at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, taking home six trophies during a ceremony that also included a posthumous tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.Chicago gospel artist McReynolds was crowned artist of the year Friday night and his song "Not Lucky" was named ...

Family members celebrate birthday of late ‘Queen of Soul’

Entertainment 03/25/19, 13:58

Family members are celebrating Aretha Franklin on what would have been the Queen of Soul's 77th birthday with a memorial service and a screening of a documentary film.The service was held Monday inside a chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. Franklin died last year after battling pancreatic cancer and was ...

Carole Bayer Sager to get special honor at Songwriters Hall

New York 03/08/19, 13:57

Carole Bayer Sager will receive the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.The Oscar- and Grammy-winner, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in 1987, will earn the organization's highest honor on June 13 at its 50th induction ceremony in New York City.Bayer Sager, 71, has ...

Smokey Robinson remembers Aretha Franklin at tribute concert

Entertainment 03/05/19, 08:12

For Smokey Robinson, the late Aretha Franklin was more than just the Queen of Soul. Robinson told a packed venue that Franklin was his longtime neighbor in Detroit, calling the acclaimed singer his "little sister" whom he still misses at the "Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for The Queen of Soul." He ...

Aretha Franklin honored with star-studded tribute concert

Entertainment 01/14/19, 03:30

Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion and more took the stage to relive some of the late Aretha Franklin's biggest hits in a tribute concert.The star-studded musical lineup that also included Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Common honored Franklin's life and career at the "Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The ...

Aretha Franklin biopic moves ahead with director and writer

Entertainment 01/10/19, 15:14

The long-gesticulating Aretha Franklin biopic "Respect" is going ahead with stage director Liesel Tommy set to direct.MGM announced Thursday that Tommy will helm the film, which is to star Jennifer Hudson. The "Dreamgirls" actress was cast as the late Queen of Soul in January 2018 after Franklin selected her for ...

Franklin attorney: $3 million in back taxes paid to IRS

Entertainment 12/27/18, 20:31

An attorney representing the estate of the late Queen of Soul says at least $3 million in back taxes have been paid to the IRS since Aretha Franklin's death this summer in her Detroit apartment.David Bennett tells The Associated Press Thursday that Franklin's estate is being audited by the IRS, ...

Aretha Franklin to be honored with tribute show next month

Entertainment 12/27/18, 16:10

The Queen of Soul will get a royal tribute from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson and more next month.The Recording Academy and music mogul Clive Davis will put on the special concert — "Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul" — on Jan. 13 at the Shrine ...

Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ film finally get in theaters

Entertainment 11/16/18, 11:20

More than 40 years after it was filmed, a documentary detailing the making of Aretha Franklin's groundbreaking and best-selling album "Amazing Grace" has been released.Though it contains what some consider one of Franklin's most brilliant performances, the Queen of Soul fought its release when she was alive. But her family ...

Aretha Franklin doc ‘Amazing Grace’ to finally see the light

Entertainment 11/05/18, 17:39

More than 46 years after it was shot, the Aretha Franklin concert film "Amazing Grace" will finally be released, ending one of the most tortured and long-running sagas in documentary film.The late gospel singer's estate and film producers said Monday that "Amazing Grace" will premiere Nov. 12 at the DOC ...

Home of late music icon Aretha Franklin listed for sale

Entertainment 10/31/18, 14:30

The suburban Detroit home of the late "Queen of Soul" is for sale.Aretha Franklin's 4,148-square-foot (385-square-meter) brick Colonial-style house in Bloomfield Township is listed for $800,000 . It offers five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and access to the gated community's pool and tennis courts.There also is a three-car garage, jetted tub ...

Gladys Knight, Ledisi to honor Aretha Franklin at AMAs

Entertainment 09/27/18, 07:05

The American Music Awards will honor the Queen of Soul next month.Dick clark productions tells The Associated Press that Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey Minor will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin's gospel roots and her iconic album, "Amazing Grace," at the Oct. ...

Aretha Franklin exhibit debuts with eye toward her legacy

Entertainment 09/23/18, 00:28

The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin's public visitations after her death is again holding space for her — this time with an exhibit featuring photographs, videos and the red shoes she wore at the first funeral viewing that drew global attention.Billed as a "tribute to the Queen of Soul," ...

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