Aretha Franklin returns to White House, but how does she rate v. Beyonce?

March 5, 2014
Aretha Franklin performs during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington last year. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Aretha Franklin performs during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington last year. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Aretha Franklin is set to make another visit to the White House on Thursday for the “Women of Soul” concert honoring musical lady-legends. But does the reigning Queen of Soul out-rank another royal and frequent visitor to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Queen Bey (aka Beyonce)?

Ahead of Franklin’s performance at the event, which will be broadcast on PBS and also feature Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott — but not Beyonce —  we thought we’d compare the two divas’ Washington connections:


 

 

 

 

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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