Aretha Franklin looked wonderful in a long white and gold dress as she hosted her 69th birthday party this week in New York. After losing an incredible 85lbs, rumors spread that her amazing weight loss was due to gastric bypass surgery. The I Say A Little Prayer singer however was extremely well disciplined as she blew out the candles on what looked like a scrumptious cake.

The soul singer even got up to sing for everyone later on in the night as she told how it was a ‘fabulous moment’ amongst her celebrity friends. Other legendary artists that performed in Aretha’s honor included Roy Ayers, singer Nnenna Freelon, and Tito Puente. Only the most legendary of the ancient A-listers attended the event including Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Clive Davis, Bette Midler and Gayle King.

Aretha received some special gifts from her celebrity admirers including a painting from Tony Bennett. He told how the talented songstress had always admired his special talent for art and how she told him that she would love to own one of his pieces. ‘I remembered that, and when I heard I was coming here, I just knocked off a quick sketch and gave it to her tonight.’ (That’ll be worth a dollar or two in a few years!)

Before her gastric bypass oops we mean natural diet!

After bad health and surgery this year, Aretha looked on top form as she danced amongst over 100 friends and family members. Although she had great fun, all the partying got  little too much for the senior citizen as she explained ‘I will be in a horizontal position tomorrow, all day!’

The legendary diva is set to return to the stage again in May. With her husky voice and soulful presence we can’t wait to hear what is in store!