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Billboard’s 2014 Women in Music Luncheon Honors Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin + More [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

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2014 saw the likes of powerful female artists like Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin and Ariana Grande (just to name a few) topping the charts and changing the industry, and today's (Dec. 12) Billboard Women in Music event honored their efforts.

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Aretha Franklin Sort of Shades Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj [VIDEO]

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Wall Street Journal

Aretha Franklin is undoubtedly the Queen of Soul, a living legend, a true vocal talent. So it only made sense that she was asked her opinion of the current crop of pop girls during her interview with the Wall Street Journal. Her answers for some (Adele, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys) were positive, fair judgments. Her reaction to others, however -- not so kind.

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These Aretha Franklin Interviews Are Awkward and Hilarious [VIDEO]

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YouTube

A shoddy satellite feed made for a poor connection between Aretha Franklin and the different television stations interviewing her, resulting in some truly awkward (but hilarious!) interviews.

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Kree Harrison Reigns With Aretha Franklin’s ‘Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)’ on ‘American Idol’

Kree Harrison
DailyMotion

Kree Harrison has been going strong ever since her audition for Season 12 of ‘American Idol,’ and her performance tonight (March 27) was no exception. The Texas native made a bold move by singing Aretha Franklin’s ‘Don’t Play That Song (You Lied),’ but with her passionate, genuine spirit and rich vocals, she did the Queen of Soul justice and then some.

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Aretha Franklin Performs Moving Tributes to Goddaughter Whitney Houston

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

While Aretha Franklin was too ill to attend goddaughter Whitney Houston's funeral, she did perform two moving tributes to the fallen singer at Radio City Music Hall.

"This honors one of the greatest singers that ever stood in front of a microphone," Franklin said, even her speaking voice musical in its lilt. "I'm speaking of none other than Whitney Elizabeth Houston."

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Aretha Franklin Performs at Radio City Music Hall After Canceling Performance at Whitney Houston’s Funeral

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Bennett Raglin / Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Aretha Franklin canceled her performance at the funeral of her goddaughter, Whitney Houston, yesterday. While Franklin's rep told CNN the Queen of Soul had fallen ill, Franklin was well enough to perform at Radio City Music Hall later that same night.

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Aretha Franklin Cancels Performance at Whitney Houston’s Funeral

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Jeff Fusco, Getty Images

Even the Queen of Soul gets sick sometimes. Aretha Franklin cancelled her performance at the funeral of goddaughter Whitney Houston.

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Aretha Franklin Will Perform at Whitney Houston’s Funeral

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Bennett Raglin / Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Aretha Franklin will be performing at Whitney Houston's invite-only funeral service on Feb. 18, Entertainment Tonight is reporting. Record label executive Clive Davis, who helped guide the careers of both singers as the president of Arista Records for a quarter-century, personally requested to have Franklin perform, and the Queen of Soul found it impossible to turn down the invitation.

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Aretha Franklin Releasing New Album

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Jeff Fusco, Getty Images

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her first album with a new release, 'Aretha: A Woman Falling Out Of Love,' to be released at Walmart on May 3 and a month later at other online outlets, according to the New York Times.

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Adele, ‘Natural Woman’ – Video Spotlight

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When it comes to belting out a tune, few contemporary singers have pipes comparable to the vocal powerhouse that is Adele. During her VH1 'Unplugged' episode, the British, Grammy-winning singer showed off her beautiful voice by giving a goosebump inducing performance of the classic song, 'Natural Woman.'

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