DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 16: The marquis of the Filmore Theater commemorates the passing of singer Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul', in Detroit this morning of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 August 16th, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Aretha Franklin: The Most Moving Tributes

From Detroit to New York to Los Angeles, the country is paying R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to the late legend.

People across the nation continue to mourn for Aretha Franklin after her death on August 16 at the age of 76. Tributes to the music legend sprung up almost immediately, many of them centered in her beloved hometown of Detroit. While many celebrities paid their respects on social media, former president Barack Obama, himself a frequent steward of Franklin's late-in-life legend, spoke for everyone when he wrote: "America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring.... Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all." Here, a look at the memorials from across the nation. (Above: The marquee of the Fillmore Theater in Detroit pays RESPECT to the Queen of Soul.)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 16: Flowers and mementos are left at a growing memorial at Aretha Franklin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. The legendary soul singer passed away today in Detroit from pancreatic cancer at age 76. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Mario Tama/Getty Images SAY A LITTLE PRAYER A growing memorial at Franklin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. TOPSHOT - Flowers and tributes are placed on the Star for Aretha Franklin on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, August 16, 2018, after the music icon, legendary singer and 'Queen of Soul' loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died on Thursday, August 16, 2018, her longtime publicist announced. - Franklin, who was 76, influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including 'Respect' (1967), 'Natural Woman' (1968) and 'I Say a Little Prayer' (1968). She passed away at home in Detroit from advanced pancreatic cancer. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images FOREVER AND EVER More of the memorial at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: A view of the marquee as Aretha Franklin is remembered at the Apollo Theater on August 16, 2018 in New York City. Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018 at the age of 76. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images SHOWTIME At the Apollo Theater in New York. NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: A woman exits Franklin Street Subway station while a message for Aretha Franklin is seen on the subway stairs on August 16, 2018 in New York, New York. Aretha, known as the Queen of Soul, passed away today in Detroit from pancreatic cancer at age 76. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images SUBWAY STOP On the stairs of the Franklin Street subway station in New York City. DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 16: A sign on the Music Hall in Detroit commemorates the passing of singer Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul', in Detroit this morning of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 August 16th, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Bill Pugliano/Getty Images OUR QUEEN At the Music Hall in Detroit. A memorial book is set up at the Motown Museum after it was announced Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. - Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and 'Queen of Soul' loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died on Thursday, August 16, 2018, her longtime publicist announced. She was 76. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images) JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images MEMORIAL BOOK Visitors sign a memorial book set up at the Motown Museum in Detroit. The marquee on the Little Caesars Arena shows a photo of Aretha Franklin after the announcement of her passing on August 16, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. - Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and 'Queen of Soul' loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died on Thursday, August 16, 2018, her longtime publicist announced. She was 76. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images) JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images RESPECT The marquee of the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 16: Rev. Leslie Mathews (left) and Emma Lockridge (right), both of Detroit, Michigan, sit and mourn the death of singer Aretha Franklin at New Bethel Baptist Church where Franklin's father used to be pastor on August 16, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin died this morning in Detroit of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Bill Pugliano/Getty Images THE MOURNERS Detroit residents Rev. Leslie Mathews (left) and Emma Lockridge (right) in the pews of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, the place of worship that held a huge significance to Franklin and her family. (Franklin's father C.L. Franklin had been a longtime pastor, and she herself had sung in the choir.) Many congregants came to the church on August 16 to pay their respects. Rev. Jessie Jackson sits during an interview in the chapel of New Bethel Baptist Church August 16, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan, after it was announced that Aretha Franklin had passed away. - Aretha got her start singing at this church where her father, C.L. Franklin, was pastor for over 30 years. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images) JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images THE REVEREND Rev. Jesse Jackson sits for an interview at New Bethel to talk about Aretha. "She sang before popes and presidents, but nothing was more important to her than singing for her local church," Jackson told the Detroit Free Press. A black cat sits near a rose is placed on a t-shirt at a temporary memorial set up for late singer Aretha Franklin at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, on August 16, 2018. - Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and 'Queen of Soul' loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died on August 16, 2018, her longtime publicist announced. She was 76. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images SOUL A temporary memorial set up for Franklin at the New Bethel. Brenda Averett of Detroit places flowers at a temporary memorial set up for late singer Aretha Franklin at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, on August 16, 2018. - Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and 'Queen of Soul' loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died on August 16, 2018, her longtime publicist announced. She was 76. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images LEAVING FLOWERS At the New Bethel Baptist Church. The current pastor Rev. Robert Smith Jr. told the Detroit Free Press that he'd visited with Franklin before her passing. "She said 'I am going to be all right.' She loves God and she loves the church," he said.



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