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Aretha Franklin Won 18 GRAMMY Awards

During the span of her career, the Queen of Soul received 44 GRAMMY nominations, won 18 GRAMMY awards, and has five recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: “Respect,” “Chain Of Fools,” “Amazing Grace,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).”

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Aretha Franklin Held 13 Honorary Doctorate Degrees

As one of the most influential and important voices in the history of American music, Aretha held 13 honorary doctorate degrees from various universities including Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, and the Berklee College of Music.

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The Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway Is Official


This happened yesterday at the ceremonial signing of the House Bill 4060 designating a portion of M-10, the Aretha F. Franklin Memorial Highway with Sabrina Owens (l), Aretha’s niece and the personal representative of the Aretha Franklin Estate, State Representative Leslie Love (c), and Earline Franklin, Aretha’s Sister-in-Law.

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Musician’s Monday: Aretha & Her Band Visited The White House Throughout The Years


Musician’s Monday: Aretha often took her band and singers to the White House throughout the years during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In 2014, this group performed with Aretha at the “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House.”

Left to right: Brenda White, Fonzi Thornton, Vaneesa Thomas, Brenda Corbett, President Obama, Andra McKoy, Darryl Houston, HB Barnum, Richard Gibbs