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Aretha Franklin appears at her 72nd birthday celebration on Sunday, March 23, 2014 in New York City. - Provided courtesy of AP / Charles Sykes / Invision / AP
03/24/2014

See photos of Aretha Franklin's 72nd birthday party, which took place in New York on March 22, 2012. Guests included her son Kecalf Cunningham, actor Denzel Washington and music industry icon Clive Davis.

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03/24/2014
Aretha Franklin appears at her 72nd birthday celebration on Sunday, March 23, 2014 in New York City. - Provided courtesy of AP / Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

The fellas love Aretha Franklin: Denzel Washington helped the Queen of Soul celebrate her 72nd birthday in style, and Andre 3000 and Babyface are working on new music for the icon.

Franklin held an exclusive and small party Saturday in New York City for her birthday, which is on Tuesday. Washington entered the Ritz-Carlton Hotel quietly, though the crowd got excited after realizing it was the Oscar winner under a baseball cap.

10/23/2013
Miley Cyrus arrives at the 30th annual Night of Stars gala in New York on Oct. 22, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Humberto Carreno / Startraksphoto.com

See photos of Miley Cyrus, Kate Upton, Aretha Franklin, Zoe Kravitz and Taylor Shilling at the 30th annual Night Of Stars event in New York on Oct. 22, 2013. Cyrus wore a backless, sparkling Marc Jacobs gown.

10/23/2013
Miley Cyrus arrives at the 30th annual Night of Stars gala in New York on Oct. 22, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Humberto Carreno / Startraksphoto.com

At the 30th annual Night Of Stars gala in New York, there did not appear to be any twerking, nudity or tongue poses for Miley Cyrus, who showed up in an elegant, sparkling and classy backless gown.

Check out a photo Cyrus tweeted from the event as well as a Vine video posted on behalf of Marc Jacobs. What do you think about Miley Cyrus' look? Rate it from 1 to 10!

05/13/2013

Aretha Franklin has canceled two upcoming concerts due to a doctor's recommendation that she receive treatment for an undisclosed medical illness, according to a statement posted on Franklin's official Facebook page on Monday, May 13.

Franklin was set to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The statement did not specify what Franklin was being treated for.

01/24/2013
Beyonce performs the national anthem after President Barack Obamas ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. / Aretha Franklin performs during A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 in New York. - Provided courtesy of ABC News / Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP Images

Aretha Franklin recently gave her opinion on Beyonce's performance of the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday, January 21, and Franklin said Beyonce did "a beautiful job" but she found the alleged lip-synching incident funny.

Beyonce stirred controversy on Tuesday, January 21, when a spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Band said her performance was pre-recorded. Beyonce has not commented on the matter.

06/07/2012

Aretha Franklin can now go by "Dr. Queen of Soul." The singer received an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Princeton University on June 5.

Franklin received the degree during the school's 26th commencement, according to NJ.com. She was one of five people to receive an honorary degree during the ceremony and other honorees included Joseph Taylor, a Nobel Prize-winning physics professor and Peter Carril, who coached the Princeton's men's basketball team for 29 seasons.

03/25/2012

Aretha Franklin celebrated her 70th birthday in New York on Saturday with ex-fiancÚ William Wilkerson and music producer Clive Davis.

The music legend announced at the celebration, which was held the day before her actual birthday on March 25, that she planned to reunite with her musical mentor to produce some new music.

03/25/2012

See photos of Aretha Franklin's 70th birthday party, which took place in New York on March 24, 2012.

Guests included the singer's former fiance and current boyfriend William Wilkerson, Al Sharpton, Clive Davis and Diane Sawyer.

02/23/2012

Aretha Franklin is clearing up remarks she made about Whitney Houston's upbringing by Cissy Houston which were misinterpreted by the media, according to the singing legend.

Franklin issued a statement on February 22 about an interview she gave about Whitney Houston on "The Today Show" last week. At the time, Al Rocker asked Franklin about Houston's life in the spotlight.

02/19/2012

Aretha Franklin was not able to attend Whitney Houston's memorial service on February 18 and the legendary singer cited health issues in a statement as the reason for her absence.

"Regretfully, I am so sorry that I was unable to be with you at Whitney's service today," Franklin said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet on February 18. "I had every intention of being there. But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00AM this morning following my concert last night [Friday], which I've been having for the last few days."

02/17/2012

Whitney Houston is set to be laid to rest on Saturday, February 18, following a star-studded funeral at a New Jersey church where she showcased her singing skills as a child.

02/17/2012
Whitney Houston appears in a scene from the 1992 movie The Bodyguard. She played a singer who falls in love with her bodyguard, who is portrayed by Kevin Coster. - Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Kevin Costner is set to appear at Whitney Houston's funeral to pay his respects to his former "Bodyguard" co-star.

He joins celebrities such as Mel Gibson and Aretha Franklin who are on the guest list of the largely private memorial service, set to take place on Saturday, February 18, at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT) at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where the 48-year-old singer had first showcased her singing skills publicly as a child (watch a live stream of Whitney Houston's funeral on OnTheRedCarpet.com).

01/23/2012
Aretha Franklin, appears in an Access Hollywood interview in March 2011. - Provided courtesy of Acess Hollywood

Aretha Franklin has officially called off her engagement to longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson, the singer said in a statement on January 23, according to the Associated Press.

Franklin said in a statement, "Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly. There will be no wedding at this time."

She is declining to comment further on the matter because of "the very personal and sensitive nature of it."

It is unclear if the two are still a couple.

01/02/2012
Aretha Franklin, appears in an Access Hollywood interview in March 2011. - Provided courtesy of Acess Hollywood

Aretha Franklin got engaged to her longtime friend, William "Willie" Wilkerson over the holidays, she confirmed on Monday.

Franklin told the Associated Press that she and Wilkerson are planning a summer wedding in Miami Beach, Fla. with a reception on a private yacht and joked to the wire service, "We're looking at June or July for our date and no, I'm not pregnant, LOL!"

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