Due to leg spasms and muscle pain, Aretha Franklin was unable to attend Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday, canceling not only her appearance but a planned performance in honor of her goddaughter, as well.

But the late legend was very much in Franklin's thoughts the evening before, as she played a concert for fans at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and honored Houston with a pair of covers.

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In the wake of Whitney Houston's death, the public has heard numerous responses from those that knew the legend well (Ray J) to know those speculating wildly in order to increase ratings (Nancy Grace).

But few were closer to Houston than Aretha Franklin, the artist's godmother. She spoke to The Today Show this morning about actually hearing the tragic news.

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