Tributes have been pouring in since it was reported that Aretha Franklin had died Thursday morning in Detroit.

It was confirmed earlier this week that the legendary soul singer was “gravely ill,” before the family released a statement Thursday to confirm she’d passed away at 9:50 a.m. at her home.

The likes of Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Gallagher, Andy Cohen, Clive Davis and Hugh Jackman were just a handful of celebrities taking to Twitter to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul. And Patti LaBelle, who had a longtime feud with Franklin, posted a touching tribute to her “sister in song” after the news of her passing.


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The Recording Academy also released a statement, which read: “Aretha Franklin was an incomparable artist who came to be recognized as one of the most profound voices in music. Known universally as the Queen of Soul, she solidified her legendary status in the late 1960s with chart-topping recordings that included ‘Respect’, ‘A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)’, and ‘Think’.”

“During her six-decade career Aretha earned 44 Grammy nominations, 18 Grammy Awards, and was recognized by the Recording Academy on several occasions for her remarkable accomplishments as an artist and philanthropist.”

“We were privileged to honour her with the Recording Academy’s Grammy Legend Award in 1991, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, and as the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year for her extraordinary artistic achievements and charitable efforts.”

“Her distinctive sound, unforgettable recordings, and giving spirit will continue to be celebrated worldwide. Aretha will be dearly missed, and our thoughts go out to her loved ones during this difficult time.”

Lionel Richie then said in a statement obtained by ET: “Her voice; her presence; her style. No one did it better. Truly the Queen of Soul. I will miss you!”

Nicki Minaj also spoke about Franklin’s death on Episode 3 of Queen Radio on Beats 1, saying: “It seems very strange to wake up and hear that she passed today even though she lived such a long and fulfilled life. It’s no secret that she’s an icon. She is an icon of all icons… I don’t know anyone she hasn’t inspired.

“I want to send my love to her friends, her family, and everyone who loves her. She was a talented queen, a beautiful queen, an iconic queen.

“I remember being in school learning the ‘Respect’ song. That felt like a mini national anthem for us. It became a staple in everyone’s childhood at one point. It’s not just saying ‘give me respect’, it’s demanding respect. I like that — I like strong women. I think she was unapologetically a queen.”

American vocalist Brenda Lee then said in a statement, “The music industry lost a lot of it’s soul with the passing of the great Aretha Franklin. With all of her success, stardom and notoriety, she kept her feet close to the ground and gave her heart to the world.”

“I am just heartbroken. This cannot be happening. Oh how I love her. Meeting her was such a highlight. She is THE hero who changed my life. Her voice. Listening to her brings me closer to Heaven and I will love her forever. We have lost an American treasure. It’s the end of an era,” Wynonna Judd shared.

“I never had the pleasure of meeting Aretha Franklin, but I was extremely honoured when she recorded a song I co-wrote back in the seventies. The song was called, ‘I May Never Get To Heaven’, and was later a No. 1 country hit for Conway Twitty. Aretha put her own unique, personal stamp on it, and as great artists often do, made the song her very own. I admired her tremendously, and never tired of telling people that she recorded a song that I had a hand in writing. Rest in peace, Ms. Aretha, and thank you for the sunshine you brought into this country boy’s life,” Bill Anderson stated.

Billy Ray Cyrus then commented, “Rest in peace Aretha Franklin. An amazing talent with one of the most moving voices of all time. Your music will live on forever.”

Keith Richards added, “It’s a sad day but what a glorious lady. Her voice says it all!”

After the news broke that Franklin was gravely ill, the “This Is Us” cast paid tribute to the legend:

Janet Jackson also shared her memories of the Queen of Soul during an interview with iHeartRadio. Watch:

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