Originally Posted by JB Rattlesnake
Whoa whoa whoa
Aretha Franklin is the queen of soul
and highly regarded not only in all circles of music, but especially in the African-American community. I think her performance was very meaningful and she deserved to be there. You could tell just watching some of the older black people crowd how much it meant to them to see her singing at the ceremony when our first black president is being sworn into office. Even I was moved, and I personally think all the gala that surrounds the inauguration is bit excessive as it is.
That being said, so what if her skills have diminished somewhat? I certainly would not take anything away from her talent, nor would I compare her to contestants on some two-bit teeny-bopper show like American Idol.
Done ranting now
Yes, she is!
R-E-S-P-E-C-T....give it to "her"!!!