With Aretha Franklin, an immense interpreter with a powerful and unforgettable voice leaves us. For more than 60 years, in the United States and on stages around the world, she put her talent at the service of gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, and especially soul music, of which she was the queen. We will remember his anthology albums, his great concerts, his singing at the funeral of Martin Luther King or the inauguration of Barack Obama.

I pay tribute to the great artist – singer and pianist – the 18 Grammy Awards. And also to the woman who naturally demanded respect, that respect which she sang so well in a song with worldwide success. I pay tribute to his commitment to civil rights and to the feminist cause.