Aretha Franklin — the Queen of Soul and one of the world’s most iconic singers — has died aged 76.

Over five decades she had more than 100 singles on the Billboard charts, blazing a trail for African-American artists and helping make soul music something of a global language.

“Respect” was her most famous song and it was about a lot more than pop music. Yes, it talked about romantic dramas and relationships, but it was also a call for upholding human dignity more generally.

Writing in her autobiography, she said: “It was the need of the nation, the need of the average man and woman in the street, the businessman, the mother, the fireman, the teacher — everyone wanted respect.”

Her other tracks, including “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Chain of Fools” and “Do Right Woman — Do Right Man” all helped paint the image of strong and sensual women standing on their own and overcoming their challenges.

It’s no wonder countless stars from the world of Eurovision — including Dami Im, Destiny Chukunyere and Cesar Sampson — have cited her as inspiration. We join them in remembering Aretha and saying a little prayer for her family and friends.

Netta Barzilai — Israel 2018

Celine Dion — Switzerland 1988

Waylon — The Netherlands 2018 and 2016

Alfred Garcia — Spain 2018

Ira Losco — Malta 2016 and 2002

Yianna Terzi — Greece 2018

All I’m asking, is for a little RESPECT. Thank you Aretha! Legends don’t die ??

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Lindita — Albania 2017

HOVIG — Cyprus 2016

Aleksander Wallmann — Norway 2017

Thank you for the music Aretha ?? #Queenofsoul

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Edurne — Spain 2015

Guy Sebastian — Australia 2015

Alex Larke — United Kingdom 2015

Pastora Soler — Spain 2012

 

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Melissa A Kutcher
Melissa A Kutcher
3 years ago

I enjoyed watching the Divas Live concert with Aretha and Celine. If you want to se e the concert, look for Divas Live 99!

Teo
Teo
3 years ago

You forgot Anna Vissi’s tribute (Greece 1980 & 2006/ Cyprus 1982). Aretha attended Anna’s concert in New York in 1999 and said about Anna “”I read she was a fan of mine but after seeing and meeting Anna at Madison Square Garden I am her biggest fan”.

Jonas
Jonas
3 years ago
Reply to  Teo

Aretha called a spade a spade, so that is very high praise indeed.

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Heartfelt message from Edurne

CJGE
CJGE
3 years ago

Rest in peace Aretha. The world (including the Eurovision stars above) will always respect you. <3

lucky
lucky
3 years ago

waylon represented in 2014

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

Just to clarify, Hovig represented Cyprus in 2017.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
3 years ago

One of the greatest legends if not the greatest has left us. The world will never see a talent like hers again. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Take care Aretha. RIP. Here’s to one immensely talented and classy, classy lady.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

The greatest singer of all time. May she rest in peace.