Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Passes: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

Music Business Association President James Donio released the following statement regarding the recent passing of Aretha Franklin:

“The Music Business Association and music fans around the world are extremely saddened by the news of the passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin. Simply put, there was no one like her. Her voice was one for the ages. Aretha was honored by our Association with numerous awards for her hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s. On a personal note, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in the audience at the 1998 Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York when Aretha surprised everyone when she came on stage in place of Luciano Pavarotti, who had taken ill and could not perform. Aretha then proceeded to completely take the audience’s collective breath away as she majestically delivered her own unique rendition of Nessun Dorma. People are still talking about that moment 20 years later. Music Biz sends its deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Aretha’s family, friends and colleagues and to the millions and millions of her fans circling the globe who will continue enjoying her artistry for eternity.”