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Aretha Franklin Slams Dionne Warwick Over Comments Made at Whitney Houston's Funeral

Aretha Franklin is finally speaking out against comments Dionne Warwick made about her back in 2012.

The 75-year-old entertainer sent a “lengthy fax” to the Associated Press on Monday (April 24) where she slammed Dionne for making up the story that she is Whitney Houston‘s godmother.

“She blatantly lied on me… fully well knowing what she was doing,” Aretha said. “At this point it isn’t about an apology, it’s about libel.”

While attending Whitney‘s funeral, Dionne – who is a cousin of the late singer – told those in attendance that Aretha was there and introduced her, but then realized she wasn’t present.

“Ree’s not here, but she is here,” Dionne said back in 2012. “She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.”

Aretha could not attend Whitney‘s funeral due to swollen feet and a scheduled performance that she said she was contractually obligated to attend.

“We’ve never been friends and I don’t think that Dionne has ever liked me,” Aretha said.

Dionne‘s rep said, “She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.”

Jennifer Hudson & Robert de Niro Attend the 'Clive Davis: Soundtrack of Our Lives' Premiere in NYC

Jennifer Hudson steps out to support music producer Clive Davis at the premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives on Wednesday night (April 19) during opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

The 35-year-old singer attended the documentary alongside Robert de Niro and wife Grace Hightower along with Christina Ricci, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives follows the life and career of the legendary music producer.

After the film screening, Jennifer and Aretha are both set to perform for the audience.

FYI: Christina is wearing a Gabriela Hearst dress and Monique Pean jewelry. Jennifer is wearing a Yves Saint Laurent dress, Vetements x Manolo Blanhik shoes, and Jacob and Co. jewelry.

10+ pictures inside of stars at the event…

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Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement: 'I Am Retiring This Year'

Aretha Franklin has announced she will be retiring this year.

The 74-year-old legendary singer told Detroit TV station Local 4 the news.

“I must tell you, I am retiring this year….This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it,” Aretha said, adding she will do “some select things…one a month, for six months out of the year.”

Aretha does plan to record one more album before retiring from performing in concert.

“Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie [Wonder], and of course there’s only one Stevie, right? It’s kind of multi-[directional]. We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing,” she said, talking about the album, which will be released in September.

This new album will be her first since 2014’s Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. It will be her 42nd total album.

VIDEO: Aretha Franklin's National Anthem Lasted Over 4 Minutes!

Aretha Franklin performed the National Anthem on Thanksgiving Day at the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings football game… and it last for four and a half minutes!

The Queen of Soul wore a long fur coat while sitting at the piano in the middle of the field for her performance, which was pretty epic.

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Aretha‘s slow-downed version of the “Star Spangled Banner” is sure to go down in history as one of the most memorable renditions of our nation’s anthem. Watch below!

Demi Lovato Covers Aretha Franklin's 'Natural Woman' (Video)

Demi Lovato takes the stage and belts out Aretha Franklin‘s “Natural Woman” on Wednesday (August 24) in Vancouver, Canada.

The 24-year-old singer, who just celebrated her birthday over the weekend, is currently on her Future Now tour with pal Nick Jonas.

Before wowing the audience with her cover of “Natural Woman,” Demi told the crowd, “It’s one of my all-time favorite songs. I’m gonna sing it for you guys.”

Aretha was recently ordered by her doctor to cancel some of her upcoming performances due to a health issue.

Check out Demi‘s powerful performance below!


Demi Lovato Covers Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman”

Aretha Franklin Ordered By Doctor to Cancel Upcoming Concerts

Aretha Franklin has cancelled several of her upcoming performances at a doctor’s request.

The 74-year-old Grammy-winning entertainer will be taking some time off to get some needed rest due to an undisclosed health issue.

“Due to doctors’ orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so,” Aretha said in a statement.

Among the cancelled performances was a concert at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall in honor of Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday.

Aretha also said she will return to performing in November.

Jaimie Alexander & Gabrielle Union Don Gorgeous Gowns for White House Correspondents' Dinner 2016

Jaimie Alexander wears a lovely sweetheart neckline while posing at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner held at the Washington Hilton on Saturday (April 30) in Washington, D.C.

The 32-year-old Blindspot star was joined at the event by Gabrielle Union, Aretha Franklin, and Candace Cameron Bure.

“Ready for #WHCD … Follow me on snapchap gabunionwade … That elevator reach tho 💥💥💥,” Gabrielle tweeted.

The night before, Jaimie stepped out for Time and People’s Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Cocktail Party.

FYI: Gabrielle is wearing a Naeem Kahn dress, Kavant & Sharart jewels, a Tyler Alexandra bag, and Brian Atwood shoes. Jaimie is wearing a Christian Siriano dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Kwiat jewels.

10+ pictures inside of Jaimie Alexander, Gabrielle Union, and more at the 2016 WHCDMore Here! »

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