Divadom can often be a ­competitive sport. That's one reason covers have always been an essential part of Mariah, Celine and company's catalogs -- what better way to showcase your voice than to conquer someone else's hit song? And few have done that better than Aretha Franklin, arguably the greatest diva of them all, whose covers frequently make the source material an afterthought. (Some are still unaware, for example, that her signature hit, "Respect," was originally recorded by Otis Redding.)

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