Rhythm and blues

Madonna presents a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
August 21, 2018 - 12:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The backlash was swift for Madonna's rambling, egocentric tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, with media and Queen-of-Soul fans wondering why she got the gig in the first place. Dressed in flowing black with grandiose flourishes of African jewelry, Madonna's...
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Madonna appears in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
August 20, 2018 - 11:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the MTV Video Music Awards (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Post Malone was joined on stage by Aerosmith to give a wild-verging-on-bizarre dual performance to close the MTV Video Music Awards. Malone, wearing garb that looked like a toddler's footie pajamas with yellow,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the inauguration for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. She was 76. Throughout Aretha Franklin’s career, "The Queen of Soul" often returned to Washington - the nation's capital - for performances that at times put her in line with key moments of U.S. History. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
August 19, 2018 - 9:17 am
As a 21-year-old Aretha Franklin worked on her singing voice in New York during the summer of 1963, her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, raced to finish the final touches on the planned March of Washington. Nearly five decades later, Franklin found herself in Washington and performing "My Country 'Tis...
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Singers Daddy Yankee, left, and Janet Jackson attend their "Made For Now" single release party at Samsung on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
August 18, 2018 - 3:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson's fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without interruption. "Everybody, be quiet. We can't hear her," a girl yelled, as Jackson and the rest of the packed room at Samsung 837 in New York burst into...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2012 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP, File)
August 17, 2018 - 9:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they're just not sure how they will do it. The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells The Associated Press on Friday that his team is "working on a lot of different...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2015 file photo, R. Kelly performs the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in New York. An Atlanta-area property company is suing R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented. SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East Point, filed the lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. It says one home suffered damage to electric wiring, flooring, and windows and was missing items including a stove, furniture, ceiling fans and 22 light fixtures. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
August 17, 2018 - 2:23 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East Point, filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It says one...
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Fashion and Costume Designer Bob Mackie poses with two of his iconic designs, a scarlet red satin gown worn by Cher in 1975, right, and a marigold jersey jumpsuit worn by Cher between 1971-1976, left, in London, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The gowns are estimated at 3,000-5,000 US Dollars ( 2,363-3,938 UK Pounds) each will be auctioned in the 'Property from the Collection of Bob Mackie' sale by Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles on Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
August 17, 2018 - 9:50 am
LONDON (AP) — Bob Mackie-designed outfits worn by Cher, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and others are going up for auction. Nine-time Emmy Award winner Mackie designed the wardrobe for "The Carol Burnett Show" and has been creating outrageous outfits for Cher for decades. The sale includes a marigold...
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Leslie Mathews, left, and Emma Lockridge sit in New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. C.L. Franklin, her father, had been pastor at the church that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 17, 2018 - 12:24 am
DETROIT (AP) — To the rest of the world, she was the "Queen of Soul" — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her hometown of Detroit who followed her more than 50-year career...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2014 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin waves as she receives an honorary Doctor of Arts degree as Chilean author Isabel Allende, left, and former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, right, look on during Harvard commencement ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
August 16, 2018 - 2:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's easy to forget that "Respect" wasn't originally Aretha Franklin's song. But the Queen of Soul sang it like it was made for her, and for only her. She transformed Otis Redding's song into a classic worldwide anthem — especially for the feminist and civil rights movements —...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2012 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP, File)
August 16, 2018 - 2:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday. Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while "Respect" topped the songs' charts. More songs from Franklin, including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A...
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