Aretha Franklin stole the day with iconic performance at President Obama's inauguration

The late singer's most memorable performance in recent years was at Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009.

While her voice was still sounding great at the age of 66, it was her outfit choice that sent those watching the spectacle into overdrive.

Her $179 hat featuring a bow trimmed with Swarovski crystals went down a storm, with the milliner behind the hat receiving 5,000 requests for the piece in the immediate aftermath of the performance.

Aretha belted out My Country 'tis of Thee in front of the then President and the Washington political elite, her voice as emotive as ever.

Six years after the inauguration Aretha reduced Obama to tears when she performed (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at a Carole King Tribute concert.


And back in 2005, Aretha had another brush with a US President when she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award by George Bush at the White House.

The Respect singer passed away at 9.50am this morning at her home in Detroit after an eight-year battle with cancer.

The statement said: "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute."

The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.

“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family."



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