Aretha Franklin is a national treasure. The ultimate singing diva should have a statue somewhere in downtown Detroit, as she’s one of the city’s greatest living legends. Franklin has long reigned as the Queen of Soul and though many young singers revere and respect her, none have come even close to replacing her.

With classic recordings behind her like “Chain of Fools,” “Respect,” “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” and other classic soul hits, Franklin has no peer. And though she’s getting older, like we all are, the feisty Franklin takes no mess from anyone who tries to slight her or her legacy. Here’s why we love us some Aretha.

Detroit native Aretha Franklin’s invitation to play a role on FOX’s hit TV show “American Idol” still stands too!

That’s what Nigel Lythgoe, the show’s executive producer, told me Tuesday at the Fillmore Detroit during auditions for the network’s other hit show: “So You Think You Can Dance.”

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