Lenny Kravitz mourns the Queen of Soul

LENNY KRAVITZ:  Mourning Aretha Franklin after her death

Lenny Kravitz joined the music world in mourning the loss of Aretha Franklin, a legend he got to know better in the last decade of her life.

They became friendly after performing together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert in 2009 and stayed in touch over the years. Kravitz says that it was "a blessing that I got to have my moments with her... God gave us his best through her voice."

Kravitz adds that he was impressed by how long she performed at such a high level. "She maneuvered through the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and the 2000s. Regardless of the style and what was going on, she remained Aretha Franklin. Not a lot of artists can do that."

Lenny Kravitz says Aretha Franklin was a big influence on his music from a young age:

"From the time I was five years old I can remember -- Aretha Franklin records were monumental to me, to my development. And just gave so much education and joy and soul and pure expression, at the highest level."

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