She recorded hundreds of tracks during her legendary career, including hits such as Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Say A Little Prayer and Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".
Franklin's music also helped serve as a springboard for a number of young guitarists who later became legends themselves.
US President Donald Trump also paid tribute to Franklin as "a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice".
Lemon recalled the times he'd spent enjoying the Queen of Soul's music, calling it "the soundtrack of my life", something which was known even by his colleagues. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept.
Asked about Nicki Minaj, she said, "I'm gonna pass on that one".
More than 50 years later, there still seems a need to do what Aretha Franklin first did all those years ago and spell out what respect really means.
She continued to have great success throughout the later years of her career, and last year saw her release her most recent record, "A Brand New Me", which marked her 42nd studio album. Well, things took a turn for the Trumpian with his next sentence: "She worked for me on numerous occasions". But Franklin let her millions of fans into her innermost world in 1999 when she published her autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots".
In 1964, she had a child with her first husband and named the boy after him. Franklin collaborated with such pop and soul artists as Luther Vandross, Elton John, Whitney Houston and George Michael, with whom she recorded a No. 1 single, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)".
"Aretha's legacy should be excellence in music", Mitchell said. "The respect part of it became a mantra for the Civil Rights Movement and for people everywhere", Franklin said. In her most memorable addition, Franklin spelled out her demand for parity for emphasis in the bridge: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T/ Find out what it means to me /R-E-S-P-E-C-T / Take care, TCB [take of business]". "She was someone that I looked up to for just the way she lived her life". I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance.