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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Aretha Franklin was hospitalized over the weekend with an undisclosed ailment and remains hospitalized Monday, her publicist said.

The hospital where she was taken was not disclosed. She turns 62 on Thursday.

"No other information on her illness is available at this time," her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said in a statement.

The Queen of Soul has energized audiences for more than four decades, is best known for her 1960s smash hit "Respect," but she has had countless other hits, including "Chain of Fools" and "Baby I Love You."

Franklin's first film appearance was in the 1980 comedy "The Blues Brothers," in which she performed a show-stopping rendition of her song "Think."

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Franklin has won 16 Grammy awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 1990 and most recently, an award this year for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the single, "Wonderful."

In 2003, she completed a sold-out nationwide concert tour called "The Queen is On!"

Franklin, the daughter of a popular preacher on the revival circuit, learned her gospel-charged style in her father's choir.


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