Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter and pianist commonly referred to as "The Queen of Soul". Although renowned for her soul recordings, Franklin is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, R&B and Gospel music. In 2008, the American music magazine Rolling Stone ranked Franklin #1 on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time.
Franklin is one of the most honored artists by the Grammy Awards, with 18 Grammys to date, which include the Living Legend Grammy and the Lifetime Achievement Grammy. She has scored a total of 20 #1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart, one of which also became her first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100: "Respect" (1967). "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (1987), a duet with George Michael, became her second #1 on the latter chart. Since 1961, Franklin has scored a total of 45 "Top 40" hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Franklin was the only featured singer at the 2009 Presidential inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama.
First woman to be admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Suffers from a fear of flying that affects her schedule--she declined attending her Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction because of it.
She gave birth to her first child at age 14, the second at age 16.
1992: Performed at President Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration.
Won 15 Grammy Awards; Grammy Legend Award; Kennedy Center Honor.
Ranked #1 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
She was voted the 9th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
1999: She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.
She has won 16 Grammy Awards.
Voted the greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
Aretha sang "God Bless America" at the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
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