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Aretha: I’m a fan of Taylor Swift

Aretha Franklin thinks Taylor Swift is a great musician.

The 72-year-old singer has won 18 Grammy Awards in her decades-long career and her songs Respect, A Natural Woman and Think remain some of the most lauded tunes of all time.

Aretha thinks Taylor will also earn a place in music’s hall of fame in the future.

“I’m a big fan of Taylor. I really do enjoy her and her music,” she told Page Six.

Aretha loves listening to Taylor’s songs.

And she has been blasting the 25-year-old’s hit single Shake It Off for weeks.

“As Taylor says to shake it off, I do shake it off myself. It’s a great song and you have to shake it off,” the legendary songstress smiled.

Aretha sang Happy Birthday to Taylor at the Billboard’s Women in Music event.

The legendary singer has given fans a treat with her new album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, a compilation of covers.

She’s had many special moments in her life, but there are still a few things the star recently stated she’d like to achieve.

“The presidential inauguration for Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama and President Carter… And the Grammy moment of course, a wonderful moment. I’ve sung at the Oscars maybe four times…” Aretha recalled to TV show Good Morning Britain when asked about her stand-out moments.

“I’d love to do something with Stevie [Wonder], I’d love to do something with Smokey [Robinson], and it’s ridiculous after all these years that we have not done something together.”

As part of her new album, Aretha covers British singer Adele’s track Rolling in the Deep.

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