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Celebs Hit Aretha Franklin's 69th Birthday Party

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Aretha Franklin turned 69 yesterday.  And she celebrated with a big swanky bash in New York City at the Helmsley Hotel last night with hundreds of her closest friends.

 

She donned a Naeem Khan pantsuit for the occasion, and had Motown legends, Wendy Williams, and other friends in tow to help her celebrate.  Pics and what went down inside when you read on...

Aretha got a decked out cake and a customized song from a member of the Temptations last night.  People.com described what went down inside the bash:

At the Queen of Soul's swanky, star-studded 69th birthday party in New York City late Friday night – where Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett topped the guest list – revelers joined Dennis Edwards of The Temptations in wishing her well with a personalized version of "My Girl."

It went a little something like this: "I guess … you'll say … what can make me feel this way …. Aretha, Aretha, Aretha ..." And then the woman of the hour took the mic.

As guests screamed and applauded, the slimmed-down Franklin sang with Edwards for the delighted crowd, and then showed off some dance moves while blowing out the candles on her two-tier, flower-covered birthday cake. The song for that part of the evening? "Respect," of course.

 

 

The invites were beautiful.

Another legend, Tony Bennett showed his love.

And of course Smokey Robinson was there.

And the legends kept on coming as Bette Midler arrived.

 

And the cake was gorgeous!

 

And the night wouldn't have been complete without Aretha singing.

 

Pics of celeb arrivals:

 

Wendy Williams and her hubby Kevin popped up in red.

Al Roker was there in his gray suit.

Al Sharpton and Smokey Robinson looked nice.

Star Jones hit the party in her fur coat and metallic dress.

 

And Gayle King worked it out in gold with cute shoes.

 

 

Pics via SPLASH/WireImage/MonicaMorgan

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Where was Dennis wife while

Where was Dennis wife while he was celebrating with Aretha? Great Bash
Anonymous's picture

Damn, Smokey looking fine ass

Damn, Smokey looking fine ass hell.
Anonymous's picture

I love the Queen of Soul, she

I love the Queen of Soul, she so relevent that my professor in AA Studies "African American" did an entire chapter on her and the many talents she has! She looks well.... and Smoky killa that "smoke gray" color!
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Happy Birthday Aretha!!!!

Happy Birthday Aretha!!!! ..... (Did I hear Wendy Williams talk about Chris Brown this week, something about him having arms like a girl? She needs not to criticize anyone's appearance)
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I see Oprah wasn't there -

I see Oprah wasn't there - she must still be mad! The party looked like fun tho. Who invited Wendy Williams? *sigh*
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WW is Aretha's friend. That's

WW is Aretha's friend. That's why Wendy got the first post surgery interview. I'm sure Ms. Franklin had full guest list approval. That's how a diva rolls.
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Al Roker looks like Mr.

Al Roker looks like Mr. Potato Head.
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Ok, lets go in. 1. That

Ok, lets go in. 1. That dress and shrug jacket is way too small for Gayle. And it's not for her body type(shapeless). 2. I believe Wendy is doing the best she can with what she has. Her husband is the best she could get when she married him back in the day(but he is a beast). 3. I'm really happy that Retha lost that weight. I would gag everytime she wore those low cut gowns showing those sagging titties. Happy B-day girl 4. Is that a little piece of trade on Al or is that a light reflection? Alllllll-right
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Gayle looks nice and the shos

Gayle looks nice and the shos are hot and go just right with the dress. Wendy is till with her man regardless of what anybody thinks and her son is in a two parent home. Wendy is doing her thing....haters Like waCk548 keeps her on her grind and she is continuing to build her empire.... I am sure Aretha is thanking God that she is alive to celebrate her birthday..... she is the Queen of soul...show some respect waCk548 Leave Al Roker alone....he is doin ghis thing too, making his papers... waCk go find a job or take up a hobby that does not include hating on people.
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It looks like Wendell's wig

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The Queen Of Soul is a living legend! Yall better recognize!
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Smokey Robinson looks good.

Smokey Robinson looks good.
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Smokey is sharp!

Smokey is sharp!
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How old is Smokey? He gotz to

How old is Smokey? He gotz to be old as dust by now...but he still looking good for an ole'head.
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Black Women Still Talking Down On Wendy Williams. But Wendy Williams is just your typical black woman!!!!Why talk bad?? Who else would date a nigga with a brown leather jacket and some orange Nike's on , but a Black Woman!!!!lmao!!You black women love them type of niggas but want to talk down on them at the sametime. You don't like the brotha's in a suit and tie. Just be real. A black woman with money always be with a typical nigga that look or act like a clown ass nigga. Vivica Fox , Whitney Houston, Wendy Williams, The list goes on....didn't go for a brother with some type of skills ....a doctor , or a lawyer or anything. Because black women know they can't take not being head of the house and that they can't do what they want with a educated black man in the household. Clown ass niggas are more manipulative, entertaining , and she can still feel like a "Independent Black Woman" Now tell me if im wrong i dare yaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
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anonymous's picture

Ugh, DENNIS EDWARDS wasn't

Ugh, DENNIS EDWARDS wasn't even apart of the TEMPTATIONS when they song "My Girl" wtf ? Disrespect...Can you tell David Ruffin was/is my fav?
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Wendy look like a man for

Wendy look like a man for real and her husband...SMH they look crazy together & Gayle please sit down somewhere I never liked her! And she really need new hair but her shoes r hot! Everybody else look ok...Happy B-Day Aretha!!!
Anonymous's picture

go head Re-Re....looking like

go head Re-Re....looking like lil red riding hood.
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Aretha needs a good bra.

Aretha needs a good bra.
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I need Gayles's shoes in my

I need Gayles's shoes in my life, HOTTT!!
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Kevin has no fukin class with

Kevin has no fukin class with that bs he's got on! What a low life he is!!!! It's the QUEEN have some respect fool! Wendy needs to take his raggedy ass back to north jersey (washing cars) where she found him!
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Happy birthday to da QUEEN!

Happy birthday to da QUEEN!
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Why hate on Wendy Williams

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God Bless You!

God Bless You!
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God Bless You To Black Woman

God Bless You To Black Woman
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Gayle needs a better wig.

Gayle needs a better wig. That color has done nothing for her for years now. & I'm still not convinced that Wendy's a woman. I honestly believe that Kevin is into men, & married "Wendy" as a cover up. No one ever saw "Wendy" while she was pregnant, (she told this tale in her book that the dr put her on strict bedrest while she was preg..uh huh, okay), and i know plenty of beautiful larger women that don't have hands/ankles/feet as huge & manly sized as hers. Anyway, Just my opinion....
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OK Wendy's parents are always

OK Wendy's parents are always on her show and they show pics of her as a little girl. So if she was born a boy they are the one's who started posing her as a girl. Highly unlikely. She's just a big boned chick. I was in question too until I saw her parents. Her Dad is like an old Jay Z and Mon is sweet and petite.
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Naw, Gale old (50summin) she

Naw, Gale old (50summin) she aint hearing about no change in wigs that ish seems to be set in stone.
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