Aretha Franklin


Jennifer Hudson Details the "Anxiety" She Felt After Being Hand-Picked by Aretha Franklin to Play Her

Respect star Jennifer Hudson spoke with the late Aretha Franklin on a weekly basis after being selected to portray the Queen of Soul in her biopic. Find out the last thing they talked about.

August 2, 2021

Cynthia Erivo Reveals the Encouraging Words She Received From Aretha Franklin at Kennedy Center Honors

Cynthia Erivo, who plays Aretha Franklin in National Geographic's Genius series, shared the message of encouragement she received from the late artist and why she hopes "that I make her proud."

March 25, 2021

How Aretha Franklin Inspired Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and More Stars

The Queen of Soul's impact was widespread through the music industry. Here, how several artists found their way thanks to Aretha Franklin.

March 25, 2021


Cynthia Erivo Has Nothing But "Respect" for Jennifer Hudson's Portrayal of Aretha Franklin

On Tuesday, March 16's Daily Pop, Cynthia Erivo discussed playing Arethan Franklin in season three of Genius and weighed in on Jennifer Hudson's upcoming film, Respect.

March 16, 2021


Watching Cynthia Erivo Transform Into Aretha Franklin Will Earn Your Respect

In an exclusive sneak peek of Nat Geo’s new series Genius: Aretha, Cynthia Erivo channels the late Aretha Franklin when she was crowned the “Queen of Soul.”

March 15, 2021

Cynthia Erivo Is the Queen of Soul in New Trailer For Genius: Aretha

See Cynthia Erivo's transformation into Aretha Franklin for National Geographic's Genius: Aretha.

February 9, 2021

Jennifer Hudson Channels Aretha Franklin at the BET Awards & in All-New Respect Teaser

Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson honors the late Queen of Soul at the 2020 BET Awards!

June 29, 2020

Kelly Clarkson Recalls the Compliment From Aretha Franklin That Left Her Crying Tears of Joy

Kelly Clarkson appeared on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and remembered the late Aretha Franklin.

April 17, 2020

This Is the Special Way Genius: Aretha is Celebrating Aretha Franklin's Birthday

National Geographic Channel made a special donation for Aretha Franklin's birthday

March 25, 2020

Jennifer Hudson's First Trailer as Aretha Franklin Will Have You Shouting R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in the first preview for the movie Respect. Watch the trailer right here!

December 20, 2019


Harriet's Cynthia Erivo on Her First Golden Globe Nominations and Tackling Aretha Franklin Next

Cynthia Erivo opened up about her the lasting impression her Golden Globe nominated role in harriet

December 9, 2019

When Cynthia Erivo Met Aretha Franklin: How the Queen of Soul Shocked the Tony Winner

Cynthia Erivo is prepping to play Aretha Franklin in the new Genius series for National Geographic.

November 9, 2019

See Jennifer Hudson's Incredible Transformation Into Aretha Franklin in First Look Photo

The American Idol alumna was spotted filming the biopic Respect in New York over the weekend. To see a picture of Hudson portrayal, click here

November 4, 2019

Cynthia Erivo Is Aretha Franklin in National Geographic Channel's Genius Series

The Color Purple star is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony winning actor

October 3, 2019

Aretha Franklin Makes History With Posthumous Pulitzer Prize

"Respect" singer is recognized for her contribution to American music and culture

April 15, 2019

Celine Dion Says Aretha Franklin "Gave Us A Part of Her Soul"

Find out why the "My Heart Will Go On" singer is beyond honored to be a part of Aretha! A Grammy Celebration. Plus, hear her favorite moment with the Queen of Soul.

January 15, 2019

What's Patti LaBelle's Favorite Aretha Franklin Song?

The legendary singer tells a heartfelt story about the late Queen of Soul at Aretha! A Grammy Celebration. Take a look.

January 14, 2019

Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and More to Perform at Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert

The Queen of Soul died at age 76 in August.

December 27, 2018

Gladys Knight Performs Aretha Franklin Tribute at 2018 American Music Awards

The legendary singer performs "Amazing Grace" with Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans

October 10, 2018

Jennifer Hudson Says It's Always Been Her Dream to Play Aretha Franklin

The American Idol alumna will play the late Queen of Soul in an upcoming biopic.

September 26, 2018

Bishop Apologizes for Touching Ariana Grande at Aretha's Funeral

The preacher at the Queen of Soul's funeral comments on his awkward hand placement on Ariana after her performance. Watch the uncomfortable moment here!

September 2, 2018