Stevie Wonder & Clive Davis Honor Aretha Franklin as Women in Music's Icon of the Year

Sam Emerson
Aretha Franklin singing circa 1985

Aretha Franklin is someone who has impacted much more than just music -- her self-assurance and uncompromising artistry has inspired women for generations. So it was only fitting that at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music event, Franklin would be offered some major R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The Icon of the Year honor.

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Aretha was introduced by longtime collaborator and friend Clive Davis, who lauded her for topping various Billboard charts 100 separate times. He also recalled their first meeting: "In 1980, she cooked dinner with me and we spent hours in her kitchen, trading music experiences and exploring whether we could collaborate to make future recordings. We hit it off, and we've been making records ever since."

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After Davis, Franklin took the stage and delivered a brief speech. "I don’t get the opportunity to be with industry people as much as I'd like to," she said. "I want to thank Billboard and their staff personnel for this."

 

 

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Stevie Wonder even sent in his regards via video, singing a congratulations to the tune of his own "My Cherie Amour." It was a fitting tribute to an undeniable legend.


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