Rhythm and blues

This combination photo shows Smokey Robinson at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 26, 2017, from left, President Bill Clinton at Game 6 of the NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics in Milwaukee on April 26, 2018 and Cicely Tyson at the premiere of the film "Last Flag Flying" in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2017. Robinson, Clinton and Tyson are scheduled to speak at the funeral of soul music great Aretha Franklin, 76, who died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16. (AP Photo)
August 24, 2018 - 12:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week. Franklin's rep, Gwendolyn Quinn, says other speakers will include former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, music mogul Clive...
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This combination photo shows, top row from left, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, Faith Hill and Jennifer Holliday, and bottom row from left, Jennifer Hudson, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, who will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Aug. 31. Franklin died of pancreatic cancer last Thursday at age 76. (AP Photo)
August 23, 2018 - 1:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week. The Queen of Soul's service will be held in Detroit on Aug. 31. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan,...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Janet Jackson arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Jackson will receive the rock star award at the 2018 Black Girls Rock awards. Organizers on Thursday, Aug. 23, announced the Grammy winner will be honored as a “phenomenal women in music.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 7:03 am
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Janet Jackson will receive the rock star award at the 2018 Black Girls Rock awards. The Grammy winner will be honored as a "phenomenal woman in music," organizers said Thursday. Jackson recently released "Made For Now," her single with Daddy Yankee. Queen Latifah will host the...
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Camila Cabello, left, accepts the award for video of the year as presenter Madonna looks on at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
August 21, 2018 - 12:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — With most of music industry's top acts absent — from Beyonce to Bruno Mars — the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and some of the winners turned heads — for the wrong reasons. Exhibit A: Camila Cabello beat out Drake, Mars, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Post...
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Madonna presents a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
August 20, 2018 - 10:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The backlash was swift for Madonna's rambling, egocentric tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, with media and Queen-of-Soul fans wondering why she got the gig in the first place. Dressed in flowing black with grandiose flourishes of African jewelry, Madonna's...
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Madonna appears in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
August 20, 2018 - 9:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the MTV Video Music Awards (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Post Malone was joined on stage by Aerosmith to give a wild-verging-on-bizarre dual performance to close the MTV Video Music Awards. Malone, wearing garb that looked like a toddler's footie pajamas with yellow,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the inauguration for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. She was 76. Throughout Aretha Franklin’s career, "The Queen of Soul" often returned to Washington - the nation's capital - for performances that at times put her in line with key moments of U.S. History. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
August 19, 2018 - 7:17 am
As a 21-year-old Aretha Franklin worked on her singing voice in New York during the summer of 1963, her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, raced to finish the final touches on the planned March of Washington. Nearly five decades later, Franklin found herself in Washington and performing "My Country 'Tis...
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Singers Daddy Yankee, left, and Janet Jackson attend their "Made For Now" single release party at Samsung on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
August 18, 2018 - 1:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson's fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without interruption. "Everybody, be quiet. We can't hear her," a girl yelled, as Jackson and the rest of the packed room at Samsung 837 in New York burst into...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2012 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP, File)
August 17, 2018 - 7:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they're just not sure how they will do it. The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells The Associated Press on Friday that his team is "working on a lot of different...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2015 file photo, R. Kelly performs the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in New York. An Atlanta-area property company is suing R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented. SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East Point, filed the lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. It says one home suffered damage to electric wiring, flooring, and windows and was missing items including a stove, furniture, ceiling fans and 22 light fixtures. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
August 17, 2018 - 12:23 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East Point, filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It says one...
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