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Aretha Franklin Pays Tribute To Whitney

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Aretha Franklin might not have been able to make Whitney's funeral, but wow did she pay tribute to her anyway!

Check it out — Aretha couldn't go to the funeral because she had to rest her legs for her show at Radio City Music Hall that same night.

So what did she do instead?

She gave an incredible rendition of I Will Always Love You for Whitney!

So beautiful, so intense!

We love it!

Watch the moving performance above!!

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13 comments to “Aretha Franklin Pays Tribute To Whitney”



  1. 1

    As a member of Whitney's extended family, the best tribute Aretha could have given Whitney was to postpone her show and attend the funeral. Aretha has countless singing jobs ahead of her but there was only 1 opportunity to show her love & support by attending the funeral. She blew it and she lost any "respect" I may have had for her.



  2. 2

    Re: Meggie246524 – Amen sistah



  3. 3

    From what I read, she had serious circulation problems in her legs. Ever heard of deep vein thrombosis? Could be serious for someone her age to travel to California and back/ I think if she could have made it, she would have.



  4. 4

    Re: teeter totterRe: Meggie246524 – Cissy, Dionne and Bobbi Kristina know the truth of this matter along with some other insiders. Most likely, only they will know how it plays out in their relationship with Aretha.



  5. 5

    I think she was very disrespectful to Whitney's memory
    From now on every time I hear them play Aretha singing Respect, I will in my mind put DIS in front of that
    Aretha, will not be around too much longer, lets see if Cissy & Dionne are no shows
    at her farewell

  6. @v@ says – reply to this


    6

    Aretha's 70 years old, and just out of the hospital. It might take everything she has to manage one big event in a day, and the concert is a legally bound contract. Older vocalists learn to pace themselves. She gave Whitney big due here, and it was gracious.



  7. 7

    Re: teeter totter – The funeral was in Newark, and Aretha was in Manhattan. It's a 30 min drive.



  8. 8

    Oh Please… it's no secret that Aretha is a complete narcissist and only fans herself on the back. She has to be called "Queen of soul" and her name always has to be the headliner - and paid!! Funeral she dont get paid. She has always been jealous of Whitney's career. During Whitney's prime it's known Aretha disrespected her and was rude during their duet in the 80's "It isnt, It wasnt". Music producer Michael Narada Wilson even talks about it and confirms it. Whitney has never talked about Aretha that much - esp at a personal level - in recent years. Stats wise, whitney trumps Aretha's career and she knows that. Aretha not showing at her funeral is the ultimate snub. Then why go on all those entertainment shows to talk about whitney and say Cissy asked her to be at the funeral and then be a no show?? Hell, the funeral and burial is all in NJ and she was in NYC. That's like 2-3 hr drive?? She could show up for an hour and leave… at least that would show she cared but she couldnt even do that. Fucker…



  9. 9

    Re: Meggie246524 – 30 min drive??? Damn, that makes Aretha's snub even worse. Like I said, she could just show for like 1-2 hrs that saturday and then leave if her leg was bothering her so much. People would understand and at least it would show her support and that she cared. But instead, it's like the ultimate snub. Shame, SMH.



  10. 10

    I agree with Meggie246524. NO matter what is going on with your life, you should RESPECT the dead. It was one day out of her life….as they say "What comes…goes around" Singing a tribute to Whitney at a show that she is being paid for…the very same day as Whitney's funeral….in my books….doesn't count. She's sending the message that money is more important than family. I'm sure if the tables were turned, Whitney would have dropped everything that she was doing and attend Aretha's funeral….100% guaranteed because that is what Whitney was….always thinking of other people before herself. As far as I am concerned, this is totally unforgiveable…she should have been there no matter what.



  11. 11

    Re: @v@ – I second that…It really differcult to understand the situation if you are just a kid.



  12. 12

    Very strange that she didn't show up @ that funeral.

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: morena2012 – You go on about respecting the dead. She did, in her tribute. Maybe Whitney should have respected her own life.