Aretha says: I’m keeping my hat!

Smithsonian asks for the inaugural hat of the queen of soul

Last Updated: February 1, 2009 @ 10:00 PM

The Queen of Soul doesn’t care that the Smithsonian wants her to donate the grey, rhinestone studded warship she wore on her head when she performed at President Obama’s inauguration. Aretha Franklin wants to keep it, though she is considering the museum’s request. "It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history," said Franklin. Read more.