'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin hospitalized, 'gravely ill,' reports say
HOUSTON – The "Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin, has been hospitalized, according to several news reports.
Showbiz 411 broke the news late Sunday night saying the singer was "gravely ill" in Detroit.
The 76-year-old is reportedly surrounded by family and friends, who are asking for prayers.
After the news of her being ill, many on social media shared memories of listening to her music and prayers for the artist.
Prayers going up for the Queen of Soul tonight. Music just wouldn’t be same if not for Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/oHHO5Kvfah— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) August 13, 2018
I Say a Little Prayer for Aretha Franklin 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ktIeJEOVp2— Claire Underwood (@ParisPasRose) August 13, 2018
Anybody else not wanting to go to sleep because you don’t want to see an alert about Aretha Franklin in the morning when you wake up? pic.twitter.com/r7Ofu8FwdQ— 👑Jewell Reign👑 (@JewellReign) August 13, 2018
prayers up for Aretha Franklin 🙏😭 stay with us auntie pic.twitter.com/pOrp2AQu58— afro archangel jay (@JAYVERSACE) August 13, 2018
Aretha Franklin absolutely stealing the show at the 2015 Kenedy Centre Honours. Some of her tracks from the 60s are up there with my favourites, but none send shivers down my spine quite like this performance pic.twitter.com/NHtWhqXOhy— matthew ⓥ🎃 (@_ColdIronsBound) August 13, 2018
Trying my best to ignore this news about Aretha Franklin, and that ain't working out so well for me. One of the few people in public life for which hyperbole does not exist.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 13, 2018
Can you imagine a world without Aretha Franklin in it? pic.twitter.com/tSVyftdRYF— Malicious Leslie Molson (@lesliemolson) August 13, 2018
A snippet of Aretha Franklin's vast career
Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.
She began singing as a child in the New Bethel Baptist Church choir.
Franklin signed her first recording contract in 1960 with Columbia Records, but it wasn't until 1967 that she garnered fame with hits like "Respect,"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and "Think" on Atlantic Records.
It was after those hits, and countless others, that she solidified her role in R&B, Soul music and earned the title of the "Queen of Soul.
Franklin has won 18 Grammys and racked up 44 nominations. Ten of those wins are for Best R&B Vocal Performance. She also holds Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend awards.
Franklin not only cracked the glass ceiling, but broke through it by becoming the first woman to the be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987.
Franklin dabbled in acting, making her first appearance on the silver screen in a little movie entitled "The Blues Brothers." She played a sassy singing waitress who was the wife of Matt "Guitar" Murphy in the 1980 film, in which she performed the hit "Think."
Franklin's songs have been featured on countless movie soundtracks and television shows including, "Glow," "Acrimony," "Girls Trip" and " Captain Underpants."
Her last performance was in November 2017 at the Elton John Aids Foundation Gala in New York.
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