So much is being written about Aretha Franklin, who passed away earlier today at the age of 76. Many will go over her extremely lengthy list of accomplishments and highlight her 18 Grammy Awards, her 20 number-one hits and the fact that she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
But most of us will remember her most fondly for her music. Here's two of her most powerful live performances, both from Detroit. The first comes from Thanksgiving 2016. Before the Lions v. Vikings game, the Queen of Soul belted out an amazing, five-minute rendition of the National Anthem.
Then we head back to 1987 and the least likely of venues for Franklin: Wrestlemania III. In front of more than 90,000 people at the Silverdome, Franklin kicked off the show with an amazing performance of "America the Beautiful".
Rest in peace to the Queen of Soul, #ArethaFranklin— Mustafa Ali (@MustafaAliWWE) August 16, 2018
It's a shame that we are reminded of someone's talent only after they leave us. Take a moment to enjoy her performance at @WWE Wrestlemania III
Aretha Franklin performs "America the Beautiful": https://t.co/rAostBTPFM via @wwe