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Ever Wonder What Donald Trump Looks Like Shedding Tears?

12/31/2015 10:30am EST
Barack Obama
At the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, President Barack Obama was brought to tears by Aretha Franklin's rendition of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in tribute to singer-songwriter, Carole King (video below). Ponder this for a moment: Would Donald Trump have cried over the Queen of Soul's moving song?

According to E! News, the ceremony, which aired on Tuesday, took place earlier this month. The way Franklin performed the song; you'd think she was one of the recipients that included King, George Lucas, Eddie Murphy, Cicely Tyson, and others.

The rendition evoked raw emotion from th...

Queen Of Soul 'Cured' By Pope, Finally Walking Down The Aisle

10/13/2015 10:30am EDT
Aretha Franklin Pope Francis
Aretha Franklin received a "blessing," rather, an epiphany, during Pope Francis' recent visit to the United States. Apparently, it led to a "miracle cure" of something the Queen of Soul suffered from for some 30 years: "No I Do-itus."

According to a report, Aretha Franklin is getting married to her longtime lover, Willie Wilkerson. The reference to her "condition" above is in a bit of tongue-in-cheek. However, after dating her partner for years and not tying the knot, many, including Franklin, think the Pope had a part.

Franklin, 73, had the honor of performing for the Pontiff in Philade...

Aretha Franklin Blocks Screening of Documentary At Telluride Festival

9/5/2015 12:11pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin filed an emergency junction to stop the screening of a 40-year-old concert documentary at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

The concert was filmed at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972 by director Syndey Pollack. Franklin recorded her live alumb "Amazing Grace" during the concert, but Pollack dumped the film after failing to sync the sound and video footage.

Following Pollack's death in 2008, producer Alan Elliott restored the documentary and planned on releasing it at the festival on Friday.

That day, the songstress filed a complaint i...

Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

10/21/2014 10:30am EDT
Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Wee
October 2014 continues to roll out big release after big release. Sales continue to leave more to be desired in general, but there’s always a gem or two. Arguably the week’s most notable albums come by way of Slipknot, Little Big Town, and T.I., not to mention Logic’s highly anticipated debut. Also in the mix is the ‘old school,’ which includes Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. This list focuses on nine albums to check out, but also lists others being released as well.

1) Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)

Masked metal band Slipknot return with their first new studio album ...

Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers

5/16/2014 12:00pm EDT
Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers
There are some cover songs out there that artists perform so well you forget someone did it first. We bet there’s a least a handful of songs on this list you thought weren't covers.

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (Jake Holmes)

This song actually has a pretty nasty past. Jimmy Page heard the song performed by Jake Holmes, who was opening for the Yardbirds while Page was a part of the band. The Yardbirds then bought a record of the song and copied it while adding new music for all of their instruments. While mostly reserved for live shows, it was included on a live album – and was the ...

The Biggest Losers: Celebrities Who Have Lost Over 50 Pounds!

3/22/2014 8:00pm EDT
The Biggest Losers: Celebrities Who Have Lost Over 50 Pounds!
Singer Jordin Sparks made a drastic lifestyle change to drop more than 50 pounds over two and a half years. In 2011 she told People magazine what her "secret" was: "It was just a shift in my thinking. Instead of talking about being more active, I just got up and did it. There's no secret. Anybody can do it."

The former "American Idol" star told Life & Style magazine that the extra weight was like carrying a 5-year-old child.

"By March of last year [2012], I lost 50. And then I maintained it for the rest of the year. I was in the gym all day long. When I got up I would hike, then I would g...

The Morning Roundup: N Sync's VMA Reunion, Aretha Franklin's 'Miraculous' Recovery, Cowell's Baby

8/21/2013 10:38am EDT
N Sync
Numerous reports are pointing to an N Sync reunion at this Sunday's MTV VMAs. Multiple sources have claimed that Justin Timberlake, who will received this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, will reunite with former bandmates Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone for a performance at this year's awards. While all signs point to this as being a no-brainer, a rep for MTV told New York's Newsday that the rumors aren't true, and Bass himself weighed in on the situation (story), saying the news is expected because of Timberlake's lifetime achievement award the network...

Aretha Franklin Brands Her Recovery 'Absolutely Miraculous'

8/21/2013 9:00am EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has issued an update on her ongoing health problems after a wave of canceled appearances this summer, branding her recovery "absolutely miraculous".

The 71 year-old singer has been battling poor health over the last few months, but she has declined to specify the nature of her problems. She recently axed a number of shows, insisting she wanted to fully complete her treatment before heading back on stage, and now she has issued an update to fans.

Franklin reveals her recovery has amazed her doctors and she hopes to be back at work soon.

The soul veteran tells the Associ...

Ailing Aretha Franklin Cancels Two Upcoming Appearances On Doctor's Orders

5/14/2013 5:09pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has canceled a pair of upcoming appearances to undergo treatment for an undisclosed condition.

The soul icon was set to perform in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, on May 26, but her doctor recommended that she cancel the shows for treatment of whatever is ailing her.

Franklin canceled shows in 2010 to have a tumor removed -- something she kept secret for two years before revealing it in 2012 -- and she has also battled issues with her legs and feet in the past. Sh...

Aretha Franklin 'Laughed' After Hearing Beyonce Lip-Synced National Anthem

1/23/2013 2:07pm EST
Aretha Franklin and Beyonce
Aretha Franklin didn't hold back when she recalled hearing about Beyonce's infamous lip-syncing of the National Anthem during President Obama's second inauguration. 

She told ABC News, "When I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather."

"When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record."

Franklin then pointed out that she performed during Obama's 2...

10 Celebrities Looking Great After Their Dramatic Weight Loss

9/20/2012 4:15pm EDT
Carnie Wilson
Just like regular folk, some celebrities have problems with their weight. They try everything to lose it - diet, exercise, and sometimes even surgery.

Singer Carnie Wilson had a gastric band fitted in January after gaining back the majority of the weight shed after a gastric bypass in 1999. She has since lost more than 30 pounds but admits going under the knife wasn't an easy solution.

She told the Today Show, "I was at the point where I did need intervention...I needed to take action. I needed to help myself again. What I feel now - I feel the sensation of being full quickly, which I was...

The Greatest Album Released By A Female Artist Is...

6/23/2012 6:00pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" has topped a new poll to find the greatest albums released by female artists.

Franklin's 1967 breakthrough album beat out challenges from Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Dusty in Memphis" by Dusty Springfield to claim the number-one spot in Rolling Stone magazine's new countdown.

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," featuring the talents of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, also made the top five, as did Patti Smith's "Horses."

The youngest and freshest artist on the list is Adele, 24...

Aretha Franklin Lands Gospel Hall Of Fame Honor

5/9/2012 11:19am EDT
Aretha Franklin
Music icon Aretha Franklin is to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The Queen of Soul will receive the honor at a ceremony on August 14th in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and will be joined by her fellow inductees including bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, The Hoppers, singer Dallas Holm and Christian rock band Love Song. Late TV evangelist Rex Humbard will also be honored.

Franklin's Grammy-winning 1972 album Amazing Grace sold two million copies in the U.S. and remains one of the best-selling gospel albums of all time.

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame began in 1971 and previous...

D'Angelo Announces First Live Concert In 10 Years

5/3/2012 4:20pm EDT
Reclusive soul star D'Angelo is set to return to the stage for the first time in a decade to perform at the 2012 Essence Music Festival.

The Brown Sugar singer will make his live comeback on the first night of the New Orleans, Louisiana event, which takes place in early July.

D'Angelo has not released an album since 2000's hit Voodoo, but reports suggest he's working on new material and is ready to make his chart return after a troubled few years away from the spotlight.

The singer, real name Michael Archer, has spent time in rehab battling drug addictions and, in March, he pleaded gu...

Tom Hanks' Voicemail Message Raises $26,000 For Sting's Rainforest Charity

4/5/2012 8:40am EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks raised $26,000 for Sting's rainforest charity by personally selling off a voicemail message at a star-studded auction in New York on Tuesday night.

Elton John, Bruno Mars and Jennifer Hudson were among the famous faces who performed at a benefit concert at Manhattan's Carnegie Hall to raise money for Sting's Rainforest Fund, and after the show, a charity auction took place at The Pierre hotel.

Sting took to the auctioneer's podium himself to sell off tickets to one of his upcoming gigs for $23,000, but his total was trumped by Hanks, who personally sold off a voicemail message...

Happy 70th Birthday To Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin!

3/25/2012 1:02pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Give a little "Respect" to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on Sunday - the veteran songstress turns 70.

Starting out as a jazz singer in the early 1960s, Franklin found fame in the latter half of the decade and went on to achieve legendary status with the incredible power of her vocals and her nailed-on classics such as "Think" and "I Say A Little Prayer".

After a decline in fortunes in the 1970s, Franklin was catapulted back into the public eye with her memorable, scene-stealing performance in 1980 musical comedy movie The Blues Brothers, and her status as a showbiz icon was sealed.

Here ...

Katy Perry Slams The Media For Twisting Her Beyonce/Shakira Comments

3/21/2012 4:28pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry has blasted the media for spreading erroneous reports suggesting she criticized Beyonce and Shakira's chart collaboration Beautiful Liar.

The I Kissed A Girl hit-maker was discussing her plans to record with her pop pal Rihanna during an appearance on a British radio show on Monday when she admitted they wanted to come up with a real girl power anthem to emulate the success of the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin's 1985 hit Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.

She told the BBC, "We've collaborated on a lot of things, but just not songs yet. It's one of those things that's got s...

Katy Perry Planning An 'Iconic' Girl Power Anthem With Rihanna

3/19/2012 12:52pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry and Rihanna are in no rush to record a girl power duet - because they want to take their time on the project and release an "iconic" collaboration like Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.

The pop star pals have been open about their desire to tackle the charts together, but the I Kissed A Girl hit-maker has high hopes for the track and is eager to emulate the success of the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin's 1985 hit.

Speaking on Britain's Radio 1, she says, "We've collaborated on a lot of things, but just not songs yet. It's one of those things that's got so much build up tha...

Aretha Franklin Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston At New York Show

2/19/2012 2:30pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin paused her gig in New York on Saturday night to remember her late friend Whitney Houston, hours after pulling out of a performance at the star's funeral.

The veteran singer was due to sing at Houston's star-studded memorial service in New Jersey on Saturday, but she cancelled her appearance after suffering foot and leg problems.

She fulfilled her commitment to perform at the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan later that evening, and near the beginning of the show she acknowledged the day's sad events, telling the audience, "I hope that there's something I will sing, or I h...

Health Problems Keep Aretha Franklin From Attending Whitney Houston's Funeral

2/18/2012 1:50pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has been forced to pull out of performing at Whitney Houston's funeral in New Jersey due to health issues.

Longtime family friend Franklin was due to pay her last respects to the late superstar and perform the singer's classic "The Greatest Love of All" at the New Hope Baptist Church in Houston's native Newark, where a memorial service is currently taking place.

But the Queen of Soul had to cancel her plans after suffering foot and leg problems following her concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Friday.

In a statement, she says, "Regretfully I cannot attend ...

Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral Coverage Live Here

2/18/2012 11:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Today, around 12:00pm ET, millions of fans from around the world will be given an opportunity to bid farewell to pop superstar Whtiney Houston and watch live coverage of her funeral on Ustream.

It will be exactly one week after her tragic and untimely death.

Kevin Costner, who co-starred with Whitney in The Bodyguard, will reportedly speak at her funeral in New Jersey. The late superstar's longtime friend and mentor Clive Davis is also expected to speak and gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the star-studded s...

Family & Close Friends Attend Whitney Houston's Wake

2/18/2012 10:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's mother, daughter, cousin Dionne Warwick and mentor Clive Davis paid their respects to the singer at a private wake on Friday evening.

Just a day before the superstar's funeral in New Jersey on Saturday, Houston's loved ones visited the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, where her body was transported to following her death in Los Angeles last week.

Hundreds of fans lined the street outside the funeral parlor, where floral tributes were laid in the star's honor.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, her daughter with ex-husband Bobby Brown, was accompanied to the wake by her grandmother Ci...

Mel Gibson Tried To Help Whitney Houston Get Off Drugs

2/18/2012 9:30am EST
Mel Gibson & Whitney Houston
Mel Gibson reached out to Whitney Houston and tried to help the superstar overcome her personal issues at the height of her drug troubles, according to a new report.

The actor previously came to the aid of Britney Spears following her public meltdown in 2008 and offered up his estate in Costa Rica as a refuge for the pop star to recover from her struggles away from the spotlight.

Now reports Gibson also attempted to come to the rescue of Houston while she battled an addiction to cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in the early 2000s.

Website editors claim the actor visited Houston...

Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral On Television & The Internet

2/16/2012 9:51am EST
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's funeral will be televised. A public memorial planned for Friday has been scrapped, but the late singer's publicist has told media outlets that Saturday's private family service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey will be made available for television and internet streaming.

The funeral will be attended by some 1,500 mourners, including celebrity friends of the deceased like Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, music mogul Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, Brandy and her brother Ray J, who was reportedly dating Houston when she died.

Aretha Franklin, the ...

Aretha Franklin To Sing At Whitney Houston Memorial

2/15/2012 8:44pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin will pay tribute to her goddaughter Whitney Houston by performing at her funeral, according to a new report.

A memorial service for the soul superstar, who tragically died in Los Angeles over the weekend, is due to be held in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday - at New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston sang in the choir as a child, and Franklin will reportedly sing at the ceremony. reports the Respect hitmaker was personally asked by Houston's mentor Clive Davis to take the stage - and Franklin accepted.

Gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans, who officiated the...

Aretha Franklin Immortalized In Wax For Black History Month

2/1/2012 10:41pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Soul superstar Aretha Franklin is to be immortalized as a waxwork to mark the start of Black History Month.

The "Respect" hitmaker's wax double will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds museum in New York on Thursday.

The big reveal will also launch a three-month exhibit at the museum in recognition of Black History Month, which is aimed at promoting awareness about African-American culture.

The interactive display will allow visitors to pose with the likes of the Queen of Soul, James Brown and Billie Holiday, play the harmonica alongside a young Stevie Wonder, and join Ella Fitzgerald for a d...

Aretha Franklin Calls Off Her Engagement

1/23/2012 2:18pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Singer Aretha Franklin has called off her engagement to William Wilkerson - just three weeks after announcing her intention to wed her longtime friend later this year.

The Respect hit-maker licked off the New Year by confirming reports she was due to exchange vows with her "forever friend" Wilkerson this summer - and she appeared to be hard at work planning the nuptials, recently gushing about her ideal wedding gown designers.

However, the singer has now changed her mind about walking down the aisle again.

In a joint statement, Franklin and Wilkerson add: "Regretfully, To Our Friends...

Aretha Franklin To Marry Longtime Pal William Wilkerson This Summer

1/3/2012 10:09pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin is to wed longtime friend William Wilkerson this summer.

The Respect hitmaker released a statement to the Associated Press on Monday announcing the news, revealing the couple is planning to exchange vows in Miami Beach, Florida and celebrate its nuptials with friends and family during a reception on a private yacht.

This will be the Queen of Soul's third marriage - she was married to Ted White for eight years before the two divorced in 1969 and she ended her six-year marriage to actor Glynn Turman in 1984.

Joking about her sudden motivation to wed again, she stated: "No, ...

Aretha Franklin Wants Halle Berry To Play Her In Biopic

8/22/2011 10:08pm EDT
Halle Berry
Soul legend Aretha Franklin still wants Halle Berry to consider portraying her in a biopic even though the actress has turned down the role because she can't sing.

Insisting she is "moving towards closing" the deal for the film, Franklin tells that she is still looking at a host of actresses who she'd like to cast as the film's leading lady - and she insists singing abilities are secondary - because she'll provide the film's soundtrack.

Berry was an initial favourite to play the Queen of Soul and Franklin admits she hasn't given up on that idea, even though the Oscar winner ...

Michael Jackson Voted 'The Greatest Singer Of All Time'

6/22/2011 11:00am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has been named the "Greatest Singer Of All Time" in a new poll, just days ahead of the second anniversary of his death.

The "Thriller" hitmaker passed away on June 25, 2009, after suffering a cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol, and fans have honored the late star by voting him into top place in a new poll.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury came a close second, while Elvis Presley placed third.

Guns N' Roses star Axl Rose came in fourth and John Lennon rounded out the top five.

David Bowie, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and...