Aretha Covers Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" Live On Letterman

Aretha's classic soulful rendition of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" is just as powerful live on Letterman as it is in the viral recording that has swept the Internet.

Stay late for the well-tailored mash-up with "Ain't No Mountain" and keep your eye in the background for back-up singer Cissy Houston not remember ANY of the words. 

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I think yall are STUPID. Anything that Adele sings, or any of these half baked divas of today sing, has been influenced by what Aretha has already done 100 times over. She has zero to prove. Will take her singing the alphabet over anything Adele sings. And I do like Adele.

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That was just painful. I love Aretha , but this was a very bad song choice for her, and that dress was NOT doing her any favors at all! All the high pitched vocal acrobatics made it harsh and grating on the ears. As for Cissy, it looked like a drag queen taught her the magic word for faking a lip synch - "broccoli". Too bad they didn't also teach her that she has to smile.

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horrible....and the dress too

I have respect for Aretha but not for this performance.

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I'm sorry, I love Aretha always have, but this was awful.  This was not a song for her.  This is a very soulful song, sung in a deeper voice.  Aretha's high pitch did not do the song justice at all.  I also have to agree with one of the above posters regarding Aretha's dress.  It was not very flattering, I have seen her in much more flattering and glamorous clothes in the past.

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so i think a true "diva" or "queen" should never ever cover anyone else song. part of what makes a queen is someone flattering you by covering one of your old songs, not the other way around. she definitely came down a couple of notches leaving room and the door wide open for her to finally be dethroned :)

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so i think a true "diva" or "queen" should never ever cover anyone else song. part of what makes a queen is someone flattering you by covering one of your old songs, not the other way around. she definitely came down a couple of notches leaving room and the door wide open for her to finally be dethroned :)

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WAIT. The real fun in this video is with the last backup singer on the end nearest to the band. Theories? Is she one of Aretha's old friends, and Aretha told her "it would be fun," OR is she pissed because she's singing in the back?

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Moron. It's Cissy fucking Houston.

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Have some RESPECT. She is still the Queen of Soul. 

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OMW! a teardrop for Adele! What more astonishingly beautiful gift of respect could you get than Misses Aretha Franklin singing your song, WOWIE!!!

And Aretha, you touch me deeply. You shine, you amaze, you inspire! The life you have in your voice, the years which are there, they add to you. The total of you. Thank you for being there. I'm so happy you're still here showing us to never give up, to keep growing an evolving and to please forget about the idea that great people only live young, if you know what I mean.. 

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OMG, where to start on her "performance". First, she should NOT be wearing a dress that shows her cottage cheese arms, which are VERY unflattering. From the first note, she was off, and Whitney's mother's face reflect it. LMAO from her expressions.

THEN, she moves out of frame seemingly because she sees Whitney's mom in the background giving her 'face. Good! In other words, Aretha, you had your day in the sun, but now it's really time to GO HOME!

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I thought it was extremely well done, Aretha is, as usual, the QUEEN of soul- and what is with all the catty bitchy comments. Hesh.

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Hellooo guys..bow down to the queen of soul.Adele still needs to keep shining,Aretha has shined for 50 years.She is old people,71,no more singing when you're 71.Google her singing before..no better has ever existed.And btw let us see Adele signing with 35,45,55-years when Aretha still sang like a Goddess.

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This is definitely not made for her voice.
And am I the only one who thinks she looks like she got dusted with cocoa powder from the neck down?

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That dress omg that dress, why Aretha why?

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ARETHA FRANKLIN = ALWAYS THE BEST!!!  =D
#QueenOfSoul  #SheStillGotIt  #Legend  #Icon‬  #Respect

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Aretha IS a living legend. She's been singing for so long. She knows all the tricks in the book but she no longer has the voice she used to. I admire her deeply. I would say she killed the song not in a good or a bad way. She is amazing anyway. 

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ALL THE RESPECTS FOR MIS ARETHA FRANKLIN, 

BUT FOR THIS SONG ADELE IS THE MAXIMUM.

I'M ASKING MY SELF HOW COME THAT PRODUCERS ARE ASKING MIS FRANKLIN TO SING THAT FAMOUS SONG FROM ANOTHER VERY ACTUAL SINGER AS ADELE? IT'S AN SETBACK TO BE PUT IN THIS POSITION, FOR THE IMAGE OF A HUGE STAR AS MIS FRANKLIN. 

NICE DREADS, BAD OCCASION TO WEAR IT, IF I MAY SUGGEST AN OPERA NIGHT ORE SOME CHARITY GALA, DEFINITELY NOT ADELE'S SONG. AND YES, YOU SHOULD FIRE THE PRODUCERS THAT ARE RUING YOUR IMAGE. 

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She killed it, but not in a good way :( the dress was distracting too. 

I still love Aretha Franklin though :)

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Amazing...  This song wouldn't have even happened, Adele wouldn't have happened if was not for Aretha.  It's not about comparing the artist's versions...  It's a cover!  Good for her!  SHe is the QUEEN!

Now, Sissy... join the show mama... 

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For those of us who grew up with her singing in her prime. She was great.  She did murder the song.  However I enjoyed it watching her still doing what makes her happy.  Singing.  Keep it up Aretha. You still have some fans.  ❤️. FIRE the person that told u to wear that dress though 

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Love her, but she had her day. 

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All they are missing is a dancing minister and a ninja doing fly-kicks with a sword.

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Mr Le Monde & Leila loves you Aretha!!!

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Aretha I love you!!!!! You are great!!!!

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Aretha I love you!!!!! You are great!!!!

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Aretha Franklin is one of the greatest singers in f all time. That being Sid she had trouble with the high notes in this song. Past her prime?

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SORRY HATERS!!! I JUST ENJOYED IT!!!

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HATE IT! She sound's like an old lady chewing on a coughed up loogie,  that cannot keep up with the timing of the song. We are left with her mumbling most of the words (in between the loogie) and not understanding half the lyrics. Yuck - Go back to MoeTown, you clown!

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loser that doesn´t know anything about notes, music A litle of musical education

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LOVEEE LOVEEE LOVEEE THE BACK UP SINGER!! I CAN READ HER "GIIIRRRRLLLLL I TOLD YAA!!""

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Blahahahaha !!!   I couldn't keep my eyes off of her (the back up singer), she wasn't even singing along, and when she moved her lips it wasn't even the song...  P.S., by far this is sung better by Adele !

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She wasn't' lip syncing. She was singing for real and it's pretty easy to see that.

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I meant the back up singer ....

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That back up singer is Cissy Houston... She is the mother of the late Whitney Houston, aunt of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and a cousin of opera singer Leontyne Price.

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Thx Nico! Finally someone that pointed out that it was Cissy. All those silly gays mouthing off about her! 

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Well it is good to see that everyone is so critical about Arethas's singing, I presume that you could all do a much better job of it. The woman knows how to sing and she did a good job of it.

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I'm not mad at her for the song I really liked it.... not a bad cover.. but her stylist needs to be fired!!!! That dress looks like an old Asian tablecloth!!!! It's ill fitting on her waist, gives her nasty side boob, her boobs have no support making her already ill fitting waist look wider, and honey those arms!!!! I have no problem with a bigger girl going strapless or sleeveless when their dress is properly fitting. And Aretha is soulful and nothing about that old set of drapes they put on her screams soul at all.

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It was fair but sorry Adele does it better

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Its a different soulful version. What a lot of people don't realize is Aretha comes from a different time when music was much more simple. This sing is quite complex, however she revamps a lot of it. I respected it. It prob won't be my fav track but I'll still buy it. Of course its not Adele, but Aretha is THE Queen. 

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Lord, Mommy Cissy Houston (Whitney Houston mom) look like I don't want to be here..

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Adele sings it one hundred times better, she just messed it up.

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I think she did OK with it. She could have done with all those backup singers. Maybe one or two would have been enough. And for sure could have done without the one who had the sour face amd looked like she was being forced to be there. 

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OMG she fucked this one up even the back sing thinks so and that dress she looks like a sing COW

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What is up with the back up singer behind her?  

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That is Whitney Houstons mother behind her singing back up

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She can sing but she just ruined that song 

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I agree Chuck.  I love Aretha, but she should have known this particular song did not do her voice justice.

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