The legendary singer's impact remains not only on her record-setting chart performance throughout her career, but in the influence she's had on musicians across all genres.
When she was reported to be "gravely ill" earlier this week, many stars sent their prayers, with JAY-Z and Beyoncé even dedicating their recent "On the Run II Tour" stop in Detroit to the soul icon.
Upon news of Franklin's death, many more admirers have taken to social media to pay homage to the Queen of Soul.
See a selection of those tributes below.
I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) August 16, 2018
Rest in peace Aretha. ❤ pic.twitter.com/QT7HeY5SIf— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) August 16, 2018
The 3 seconds it takes for #ArethaFranklin to oooooze out the words "Sittin around.." is as pure & creative & as honest as any singer I've ever seen when a performance goes beyond mere entertainment. THIS is what we need to get back to. where raw genius rises above marketing strategy & monetary reach & "likes" (because let's face it, look at the Billboard singles/Spotify singles/ITunes singles—-could she even find space to develop this talent? Or just give up & get a reality show and pray this works out? Now figure out the legions of talent that we either dismissed or passed on today or even the mesmerizing talent we've been shown near this level that can't even begin to thrive in this environment without some angle) for those not in the know & wanna know, with the exception of her yet to be seen Sidney Pollack documentary Amazing Grace (her best captured 2 hours 1972 in chu'ch, in her zone in south central Los Angeles—-w The Rolling Stones sitting IN THE DECON SECTION)—-this Performance at the #MontreuxJazzFestival in 71 is as good as it gets: as a singer, as a bandleader (midshow she calls an audible and the brass section just gives up playing & accepts they are just happy to have best seats in the house), as a piano player—-so underrated!—and the fact she has her ace band in tow too (#KingCurtis as MD & #BernardPurdie on drizzums)—-this is her most magical effortless skillful scientific talents on display. Long Live #QueenAretha.
Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 16, 2018
An unbelievable woman and voice. It was an honor to meet and perform with the Queen of Soul. RIP Aretha Franklin ❤️💔https://t.co/BQBtdPuoZO— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) August 16, 2018
Aretha was such a timeless inspiration to me and so many others, the ultimate queen, thank you for the gift of your voice, music and unshakeable soul 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/me3FXBY4WZ— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) August 16, 2018
All of us. ALL of us stood on your shoulders. You were the Genesis of it all. The Genesis of the word, "Soul"...— 9th Wonder (@9thwonder) August 16, 2018
RIP Aretha Franklin what a voice x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 16, 2018
forever ♡ pic.twitter.com/E4JopV0ffT— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) August 16, 2018
As the One and Only 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin was simply peerless. She has reigned supreme. and will always be held in the highest firmament of stars as the most exceptional vocalist, performer and recording artist the world has ever been privileged to witness. Superlatives are often used to describe astonishing artists, but in my view even superlatives seem insufficient. Everyone who loved Aretha will be saying little prayers of gratitude, appreciation and respect for the musical life force that has enriched our lives. Her voice will soar on forever..
So sad. Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul has passed away. Our prayers and condolences to family, friends and fans.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) August 16, 2018
God bless Aretha Franklin the queen of soul and peace and love to her family 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶☮️— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 16, 2018
Aretha was the greatest of all time. Played 3 songs in a row at my set in Berlin night before last...her music will live forever.— win butler (@DJWindows98) August 16, 2018
Aretha.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 16, 2018
Typing this through tears.. Aretha was my biggest inspiration, the reason I started singing. She made me want to experience love and heartache so I could understand what it was that made her sing the way she did.. Rest In Peace queen. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/krKd8B6mBA— Charlotte Day Wilson (@cdaydreamz) August 16, 2018
The loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn't sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday – and that meant so much to me. The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. @arethasings #RIP #ArethaFranklin #QueenOfSoul @ejaf
We all mourn the passing of a QUEEN #arethafranklin that blessed the world and us personally for a shining example of grace, class, beauty and strength, and sheer talent. Debbie Sledge pic.twitter.com/BIrbAhIka0— Sister Sledge (@SisterSledge_) August 16, 2018
RESPECT. Her legendary voice came straight from God. Now her soul is with Him. Thank you Aretha. 💛💛 pic.twitter.com/Zhm1faBhX1— Fergie (@Fergie) August 16, 2018
RIP Aretha Franklin— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) August 16, 2018
Hearing the news of her passing has left me in tears but I'm grateful to God that I got to share this smile with her. Thank you Aretha Franklin for leaving such an incredible legacy for generations among generations to stand on. May you Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/S9c9po1z3j— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) August 16, 2018
Goodbye Ms. Aretha. You were my idol. The greatest singer of all time. Every note you sang was pure and authentic and pierced our hearts with joy and pain and life.— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) August 16, 2018
I'm very sad to hear about Aretha Franklin passing. She was one of the greatest and most emotional singers. I used to love listening to her in the sixties but her music is timeless. Love & Mercy to Aretha's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/fFVKyjxIXT— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) August 16, 2018
Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move🙌🏾 this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 16, 2018
Lucky enough to have seen Aretha live exactly once, and this was it.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 16, 2018
Thank you for the music, we will be listening to you forever https://t.co/aMHIBFaTAs
Most heavenly🌹🌹🌹 The most incredible gifts you gave🌹🌹🌹 I will never forget how you impacted my young life, my young soul, my young love of the singer of the song🌹🌹🌹 This record made such an impact on my 16 year old self. I first saw you sing when I was 12, it was Amazing Grace and as a child, I was moved to tears, for the first time in song, for you showed me the pure sound of love & set my spirit free🌹🌹🌹 We love you Aretha, thank you for the blessings you bestowed❤️🦋❤️ 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
This is the face of a young man who couldn't believe he was actually singing with the GREATEST OF ALL TIME. Thank you, Ms. Franklin for blessing us with your incomparable gift. Honored to have shared the stage with you even for a moment. Always bowing down to you. #QueenofSoul pic.twitter.com/4bZVAWcqeS— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 16, 2018
This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It's difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018