AceShowbiz - Alicia Keys honoured the late Aretha Franklin with a performance of one of the soul legend's most famous tunes during an appearance on Nicki Minaj's new radio show on Thursday, August 16.
The rapper's third "Queen Radio" show on Beats 1 started shortly after news of the Queen of Soul's death was announced, and Nicki made sure to give Aretha plenty of respect.
.@aliciakeys is paying her respects to @ArethaFranklin right now on @NICKIMINAJ's #QueenRadio! She's performing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" live!— Beats 1 (@Beats1) August 16, 2018
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"It's no secret she's an icon - an icon of all icons," Minaj said. "I don't know anyone who she hasn't inspired. It seems strange to wake up and hear she passed, even though she lived a long and fulfilled life. But still, we've lost one of our icons. Someone we've all been inspired by."
Minaj then recalled learning the words to Franklin's female empowerment anthem Respect in school, adding, "It's so weird how everyone grew up with that song. What I love about the song is not just saying 'give me respect' - it's demanding respect. I like strong and iconic women. She was unapologetically the Queen."
Alicia joined Minaj to close out the show with a stripped-down performance of Aretha's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" - the same song Ariana Grande chose to sing as a tribute on Thursday night's taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon".