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Aretha Franklin Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Taylor Swift - Full Video

Taylor Swift blows out the candles on her cake with the legendary singer Aretha Franklin by her side at the 2014 Billboard Women of the Year event held at Cipriani Wall Street on Friday (December 12) in New York City.

The 24-year-old singer will be celebrating her 25th birthday TOMORROW (December 13) and she got a super cool gift at the event – Aretha sang “Happy Birthday” to her!

Matt Lauer was hosting the event and the other honorees on stage were Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Idina Menzel, Charli XCX, and Hayley Williams.


Aretha Franklin Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Taylor Swift – Full Video
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Idina Menzel Finally Had Her Breakthrough at Billboard Women in Music Luncheon

Idina Menzel dons a form-fitting black dress at the 2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon held at Cipriani Wall Street on Friday (December 12) in New York City.

The 43-year-old entertainer was joined by Aretha Franklin, Chrissy Teigen, Colbie Caillat, and Sharon Osbourne while being honored at the event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Idina Menzel

Idina shared during her Breakthrough award acceptance speech, “I got to thinking about something my mom said to me. ‘You’re not really going to make it till you build a thicker skin. The universe won’t give it to you until you’re ready.’ [I'm always] told a Broadway singer can’t cross over….’Who are you? Who are you?’ [everyone wants to know]. And the answer is….I don’t know! I know I’m a cool chick, hard worker, good mom, pretty talented singer. It has taken me this long to realize that if you’re easily able to categorize yourself you’re probably [shaping into] someone else’s opinion of you.”

“I was given this amazing song ['Let It Go'] at such a crossroads in my life. Thank you for noticing me…I finally had my breakthrough!” she added.

FYI: Idina is wearing a Badgley Mischka dress and Donna Karan tights with Renee Sheppard, House of Lavande and Pearl Paradise jewels. Chrissy is wearing a Yigal Azrouel top and skirt with Jimmy Choo shoes.

15+ pictures inside of Idina Menzel at the Billboard Women In Music Luncheon… More Here! »

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Swizz Beatz Holds Alicia Keys' Baby Bump on the Red Carpet

Alicia Keys gets some baby bump love from husband Swizz Beatz as they arrive at Keep A Child Alive’s 2014 Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night (October 30) in New York City.

The pregnant couple was joined at the event by Joan Smalls, Aretha Franklin, Padma Lakshmi, and Angel Haze.

Co-founded by Alicia, Keep a Child Alive was born in early 2003 as an emergency push to get life-saving HIV medications to impoverished African families, who otherwise would not have had access to treatment.

35+ pictures inside of Alicia Keys, Joan Smalls, and more at the annual event… More Here! »

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Aretha Franklin Sings 'Rolling in the Deep' Live & Totally Kills It - Watch Now!

Aretha Franklin takes the stage and totally belts out Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday evening (September 29) in New York City.

The legendary singer went on the program to promote her new album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics and Adele‘s hit song is her first single off of the new compilation!

Watch the video of Aretha below – it’s technically a mashup between “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain.”

Also pictured inside: Aretha and her ex-fiance Willie Wilkerson at the 2014 Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis that same evening in NYC. Phylicia Rashad was also in attendance.


Aretha Franklin Sings ‘Rolling in the Deep’ Live

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Aretha Franklin Covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' - Listen Now!

Aretha Franklin is back with a brand new album and she is even covering Adele‘s smash hit song “Rolling in the Deep” for the lead single!

The legendary singer’s new album is called Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics and it will be released on October 21. You can pre-order it right now on iTunes and get the single instantly as a download.

Other songs that Aretha will be covering on the album include Alicia Keys‘ “No One,” Destiny Child‘s “Survivor,” Barbra Streisand‘s “People,” and Gloria Gaynor‘s “I Will Survive.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Aretha Franklin’s cover of Adele?


Aretha Franklin – Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)

Aretha Franklin Calls Off Wedding to Willie Wilkerson

Aretha Franklin and Willie Wilkerson have called off their wedding.

The 69-year-old soul singer and her “forever friend” announced their engagement in early January and planned to marry in June or July.

“Regretfully, To Our Friends and Supporters: 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,” Aretha and Willie said in a statement (via People). “There will be no wedding at this time.”

“We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends,” the statement continued.

Aretha Franklin: Engaged to Willie Wilkerson!

Aretha Franklin is set to tie the knot!

The 69-year-old soul legend and her “forever friend,” Willie Wilkerson, are engaged, a rep for the singer tells People.

Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown,” her rep said.

“We’re looking at June or July for our date and no, I’m not pregnant, LOL!” Aretha added.

Aretha was previously married to businessman and music manager Ted White from 1961 until 1969 and was married to actor Glynn Turman from 1978 until 1984.

Congratulations to the happy couple!!

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