93,000 people stand and fall silent when Aretha Franklin sings “America The Beautiful”

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Rest in peace Queen of soul! I love this version better than any other! It seems like I watched that only yesterday! Good old times, I miss it! The way Vince introduced her gave me the chills!

Thank you so much for this, Vince! She will be forever remembered! I always loved this amazing performance! Classic performance from a classic event!

It was a sad day when the world learned of the passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin, but she left behind so many treasures for the world. “It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” according to Gwedeloyne Quinn, the star’s publicist.

“Franklin … passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world,” Quinn added. “Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.”

Aretha Franklin was one of the most iconic voices in music history and a brilliant artist. Over the course of her decades-long career, she inspired countless musicians and fans, and created a legacy that paved the way for a long line of strong female artists and R-E-S-P-E-C-T for everyone.

“Aretha Franklin was more than just the “Queen of Soul.” She was the voice of America, and of the world. From the perspective of a Southern Christian black woman, she could make that experience feel universal, whether you were a dock worker in New Jersey or a model in Hollywood. And while she may be gone, she will live on long after we are. Rest in Peace, Aretha, and may your voice soar from Sea to shining Sea”. — Henry Monteiro, Medium.com

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