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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

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Unveils Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre


The historic Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit was renamed to The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre following Aretha’s passing last year. Yesterday, the unveiling of the sign and the dedication happened with The Franklin Family and Mayor Mike Duggan. Click here to read more.

Richard Smallwood and Brenda Franklin-Corbett Remember Aretha Franklin


On This Good Friday: Brenda Franklin-Corbett, Aretha’s cousin, affectionately known as Cousin Brenda with the one and only Richard Smallwood, who ministered today at Triumph Church in Detroit. Cousin Brenda toured with Aretha for more than 50 years. Richard is like family to The Franklins. He loves Aretha; and Aretha loved Richard. In fact, Richard saw “Amazing Grace” three times and counting. Amazing Grace is open in theaters across the country. For locations and time listings, please visit Happy Easter!