(NEW YORK) -- The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in royal fashion Friday night, in a star-studded birthday party in New York City.
Franklin celebrated her 69th birthday late into Friday night at a posh New York hotel, and was on both the giving and receiving ends of live performances at the bash.
Among some of the big names in attendance at the swanky gathering were, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett, according to published reports.
Franklin appeared slimmed-down and upbeat, having survived a mystery ailment and surgery.
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