Franklin was cemented as a superstar in the 1960's, with classic hits such as "Respect", "Think", "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Chain of Fools" making her an icon around the world. At the time of her death she was at home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family. "In a lot of ways, her music and her voice have been a soundtrack to my life - maybe yours, too". She also revealed that she was donating her famous 2009 inauguration hat to the Obama Presidential Library, "That hat took on a life of its own". Aretha Franklin recorded albums until 2017 when she released her 42nd and final studio album A Brand New Me.
Franklin's body will lie in repose August 28 and August 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which is located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit.
Ever since the news broke of Franklin's death Thursday morning, fans have been gathering at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit to pay their respects.
And in California similar tributes quickly amassed on Franklin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "She is the reason why women want to sing".
Franklin was, of course, the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987, opening the door for other women. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.
A memorial concert is also in the works.
"Sitting down across from her just a few years ago, I was just about speechless", Lemon said before playing a clip of his sit-down with the Queen.
His sister passed away earlier this year.