Celebrities and fans have been sending out prayers and love to “Respect” singer Aretha Franklin, since report came out on Monday that the Queen of Soul is gravely ill in Detroit.
Chance the Rapper posted a weeping emoji and linked to video of Franklin’s epic performance at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, where she saluted inductee Carole King by singing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
“Praying for the Queen of Soul,” tweeted Mariah Carey, who appeared with the music legend in 1998 on the first “VH1 Divas” special.
Missy Elliott, Ciara, Paula Abdul and Carnie Wilson were among the numerous celebrities who joined the chorus of love expressed toward Franklin. She has not performed live since a November appearance at a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York, where she played a nine-song set.
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda contributed to what he described as “the galaxy of prayers for Aretha today.”
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