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Aretha Louise Franklin
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Aretha Franklin Fast Facts:
At 14, she performed and recorded "Precious Lord" before her father's congregation, Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church.
Columbia Records released her first album,
The Great Aretha Franklin,
In 1972, she had a small role in the TV show
Made her film debut in 1980's
The Blues Brothers,
In 1986, Michigan law makers declared her voice the state's greatest natural resource.
In 1987, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1994, she was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2006, she became the first female artist to be honored by the United Negro College Fund with the Award of Excellence.
Sang at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009.
Has been awarded honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music, Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Aretha Franklin Relationships:
William Wilkerson - Ex-fiancé
Barbara Siggers Franklin - Mother
Cecil Franklin - Brother
Carolyn Franklin - Sister
Ken Cunningham - Ex-significant Other
Vaughan Franklin - Brother
Edward Franklin - Son
Ted White - Ex-husband
Clarence Franklin - Son
Glynn Turman - Ex-husband
Kecalf - Son
C.L. Franklin - Father
Erma Franklin - Sister
Teddy Richards - Son
Aretha Franklin Awards:
1970 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1967 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1972 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1974 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1967 Grammy: Best Rhythm & Blues Recording - Winner
1988 Grammy: Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female - Winner
1987 Grammy: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female - Winner
2005 Grammy: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1973 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1985 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1972 Grammy: Best Soul Gospel Performance - Winner
1987 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
1971 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
2003 Grammy: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1968 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1969 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
1981 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
2007 Grammy: Best Gospel Performance - Winner
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