Watch Aretha Franklin Sing Taylor Swift ‘Happy Birthday’

By Philip Cosores

At midnight tonight, Taylor Swift will be turning 25 years old. But that didn’t stop the pop hero from getting a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung to her by her own musical hero a day early.

At the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Awards in New York this afternoon, Aretha Franklin sang birthday greetings to the young Swift on a panel that included Jessie J, Charli XCX, Hayley Williams, Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel.

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As Billboard noted, Swift earlier accepted her award by making the intentionally unfunny joke, “I turn 25 at midnight tonight, and I fully intend on partying like it’s 1989.”

Ask yourself: if there is a better person to sing for you this side of Marilyn Monroe? We’re guessing not.

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