Celebrities, presidents, take to Twitter to pay their R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Aretha Franklin


Franklin performing at the Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in 2015, moments before the "fur coat drop" - SCREEN GRAB
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  • Franklin performing at the Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in 2015, moments before the "fur coat drop"

On very rare occasions, Twitter isn't so bad.

On a day where theatre marquees are displaying the image of the late icon, radio stations have switched over to wall-to-wall Aretha songs, her hits are topping the iTunes charts, and people all over the world are celebrating the remarkable life and legacy of Detroit's Queen of Soul, proof of her widespread impact cannot be escaped. Just take a look at your Twitter feed.

Aretha, for many, was more than a singer, she was a beacon of light, hope, and empowerment. Though to describe her influence in 280-characters seems impossible, everyone from President Obama, Oprah, Paul McCartney, and even NASA have taken to the social media platform to share memories and declare their love of Aretha Franklin who died surrounded by family today at the age of 76.

Consequence of Sound shared this touching video of David Bowie presenting Aretha with a Grammy in 1975.

Locally, Detroit's Mayor Mike Duggan, the Detroit Pistons, Lions, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, and fellow Motown legend Martha Reeve's have taken to Twitter to eulogize the Franklin.

Metro Times cover girl and National Association of Black Journalists journalist of the year, Jemele Hill gave a word of warning.

Even NASA chimed in.

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