Her best-selling album, "Amazing Grace", a 1972 release, is among five Franklin recordings that are featured in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her family confirmed, after many years of battling health issues, that she had advanced pancreatic cancer.
Franklin's last known performance was at a private gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation last November.
Her performance floored the audience, and become an worldwide sensation.
In the movie, she performed "Think" off her 1968 album "Aretha Now".
Behind the scenes, the star first became a mother at 12 years old when she gave birth to son Clarence Franklin in 1955.
She performed at many prestigious events, including the presidential inaugurations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.
Singers and musicians quickly flooded social media in mourning her passing, which came on the same day that fellow U.S. music giant Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, the city where Franklin was born, 41 years ago.
Legendary soul singer and musician Aretha Franklin had a voice that seemed to belong to all of America.
John was just one of many in the music industry who paid their respects to Franklin. To say that this wasn't one of Franklin's major commercial achievements only points to what a monolithic career she had-the kind of career which suggests that some music necessarily finds its way to an audience commensurate to the size of its power and integrity, or seems to manifest one.
When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced on Thursday morning, one U.S. president paid tribute to a voice that offered "a glimpse of the divine", in which Americans could feel "our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect".
"The gal singer, who as had one single disk so far on the Columbia label has a fine strong voice that bears emotional fruit when it is channeled into the material she knows and feels best". She sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays.
"I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin", wrote Diana Ross. "She had this capacity to be able to own any song in any genre in which she added her voice to".
Pop icon Mariah Carey attributed her success to the "singers' singer".
News of Franklin's passing follows several days of reports that she was gravely ill and in hospice care at her home. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.
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