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Aretha Franklin puts her stamp on the smash hits of other divas

Aretha Franklin receiving honorary doctorate at NYU
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In the world of music there are many artists who can be compared and contrasted to each other. Based on talent, style, or musical ability, some recording artists are easily associated with each other.

Then there are some artists who are without peer. The undisputed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is one of those artists.

Franklin holds many awards and accolades including 20 Grammy's, 20 #1 R&B hits, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and being the youngest person ever inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors. She has honorary doctorates from several universities including Princeton, Yale, New York University, and now Harvard.

However, what sets Franklin apart is her anointed ability to express music. She sings five octaves and plays the piano by ear leaving listeners speechless.

Her versatility makes her an artist without genre or category. She has performed and mastered Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Pop, Rock and Roll, and even Opera! With this in mind, one can hardly wait for her next release which is a cover album of Franklin singing the signature songs of other female vocal greats.

According to Aretha, she is covering Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Midnight Train To Georgia," Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It," Donna Summer's "Last Dance," Alicia Keys' "Fallin'," among other songs. She gave a studio preview of her version of Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All" earlier this year.

According to Huffington Post Black Voices, "Franklin will debut new music at her upcoming performances at the Ohio State Fair and then go on a vacation to New York City. She is also taking lessons in French and planning to take classical piano lessons at Julliard."