Watch Aretha Franklin’s stunning performance at 2009 Obama Inauguration

American singer Aretha Franklin (1942 - 2018) performs at Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20, 2009. (Pat Benic, Getty Images)

One of the most iconic moments in recent Inauguration history comes from Detroit’s own -- Aretha Franklin.

In 2009, the the first Inauguration of President Barack Obama, the “Queen of Soul” stole the show with her jaw-dropping performance of “My country ‘tis of thee.” And don’t forget her legendary hat.

Franklin passed away in 2018 at the age of 76.

Relive the moment below:


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