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R.E.S.P.E.C.T: Aretha Franklin Turns 70 With A BANG!

  

Music icon Aretha Franklin turns 70-years old today. See pics from her NYC party and find out about her new record deal inside....

Aretha Franklin celebrated her 70th birthday last night with a swanky party at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in NYC.  Same place she partied it up for her birthday last year.

She had a three-tier, lime-green birthday cake while the crowd serenaded her with Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday.”

With guests like Diane Sawyer, Rev. Al Sharpton, Debra Lee and Clive Davis, the group had a sit-down dinner, saw a dance performance and enjoyed a mini-concert by jazz pianist Kris Bowers.

Aretha also celebrated a new record deal.

“I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I’m recording with Clive again.  She added, “We’re going to sit together and decide what it is we’re going to record.”

During the party, her longtime companion, Willie Wilkerson, was right by her side.  And when asked whether marriage was still in the future, she said “We’ll see what happens.”

You may receall that last year, Aretha's musical legacy was honored by the Grammys with a well-deserved tribute. No one can deny her impact and importance in shaping pop culture, the blend of R&B and gospel and both the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Movement through song.

Celebrate 'Retha in the gallery....

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This is the best she has

This is the best she has looked in "FOREVER". Love ya ReRe!
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she's covered up and looks

she's covered up and looks very nice!
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Happy Birthday Aretha!!

Happy Birthday Aretha!! She's timeless!
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She signed with Mr.Evil

She signed with Mr.Evil wonder why she said what said about Whitney and didn't attend her funeral. Good luck with That Retha. My deceased father lovedddd him sum her I learned the four corners on her songs.
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EMERGENCY...EMERGENCY...BACK-

EMERGENCY...EMERGENCY...BACK-UP FROM THAT CAKE QUEEN... you look like your gaining that weight back. I love the natural hair style. Love you gurl......alllllll-right
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Happy Birthday Aretha

Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin and many more.
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happy birthday ms. franklin.

happy birthday ms. franklin. sidenote: i swear some people can take anything and make something negative out of it ....
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Happy birthday Aretha: God

Happy birthday Aretha: God blessing be upon you with great health and strength.
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Happy Birthday Ms franklin!

Happy Birthday Ms franklin! May God continue to bless your life with health & happiness. ARIES!
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She still look good!!

She still look good!! RUNDATBAKK_COM
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Happy BD Aretha! I concur,

Happy BD Aretha! I concur, with Aries Baby, I see many people that are younger me, looking older. Because they don't take of themselves or their body. They are unaware of simple things, such as skin care, diet etc.
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All hail the Queen of soul!

All hail the Queen of soul! She looks fantastic for 70! Wow!
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She's no YBF chick. OBF

She's no YBF chick. OBF
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I thought she was older.

I thought she was older. Years of being obese have definitely aged her prematurely. Happy Birthday Areefa!!
tebow's picture

I wonder what she did with

I wonder what she did with all those old furs she had when she was bigger
Anonymous's picture

Nice dress - but she never

Nice dress - but she never looks like she wears a bra or proper foundation of any sort!
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Its nice to see her dressed

Its nice to see her dressed properly. Happy birthday wish you many many more. Love the hair.
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Aretha looks good, happy

Aretha looks good, happy birthday!!
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Happy birthday Mama 'Retha!

Happy birthday Mama 'Retha!
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March and April babies stand

March and April babies stand up
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And you know this!! As far as

And you know this!! As far as Aretha, you know if it wasnt for the weight fluctuations, her face is flawless and clear and free of wrinkles!! She doesn't look 70 at all!! Then again...what is 70 supposed to look like??!! *kanye shrug* There are people in thier 20's using drugs like meth that make them look 70...so...I guess age is relative...
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