Recording Academy eulogises late Aretha Franklin


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The Recording Academy has reacted to the death of legendary American soul singer Aretha Franklin who died at her Detroit home today [Thursday], August 16, 2018.

In a statement signed by president and CEO Neil Partnow and copied to GlammyNews.com, the Recording Academy acknowledges “her remarkable accomplishments as an artist and philantropist”.

“Aretha will be dearly missed, and our thoughts go out to her loved ones during this difficult time,” the statement partly reads.

Read the full statement from the Recording Academy on Aretha Franklin’s death eblow:

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Aretha Franklin was an incomparable artist who came to be recognized as one of the most profound voices in music. Known universally as the Queen of Soul, she solidified her legendary status in the late 1960s with chart-topping recordings that included “Respect,” “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like),” and “Think.” During her six-decade career Aretha earned 44 GRAMMY® nominations, 18 GRAMMY Awards, and was recognized by the Recording Academy™ on several occasions for her remarkable accomplishments as an artist and philanthropist. We were privileged to honor her with the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Legend Award in 1991, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, and as the 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year for her extraordinary artistic achievements and charitable efforts. Her distinctive sound, unforgettable recordings, and giving spirit will continue to be celebrated worldwide. Aretha will be dearly missed, and our thoughts go out to her loved ones during this difficult time.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
Recording Academy

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