Aretha Franklin is almost seventy years old and yet she is still known as the Queen of Soul. This vivacious singer has won eighteen Grammy Awards in her lifetime and is still actively touring and singing today. She has had twenty #1 Singles and forty-five Top 40 Singles. Aretha Franklin has pioneered soul, jazz, rock, pop and R & B and found a way to make Gospel popular in the mainstream. It takes a special kind of artist to achieve what she has. After all, Aretha was the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, period.
Among her incredible achievements, Aretha was the first black woman to appear on the cover of Time magazine. She was also awarded with an honorary Doctor of Musicology by the University of Detroit. In 1994 she was the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor. In 1994 Ms.Franklin was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. In 2005 President Bush Jr. awarded Aretha Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Aretha Franklin’s list of awards and accolades is never ending. Aretha Franklin has cleared the way for other female and black artists to succeed; it was not an easy feat for her to achieve so many firsts and Aretha Franklin did so in a different time when the world was much more close-minded than it is today.
Aretha Franklin has been on other peoples labels for the majority of her career. Finally in 2004, after forty-four years in the business,she launched her own record label, Aretha Records. Since launching and working under her own label, her career has expanded to further heights; more recently of which when she was the only featured singer at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration ceremony. She is a trailblazer even today, leading other artists such as Pearl Jam and MMJ at the upcoming 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest. She is one of the most respected and revered artists in music today, and Aretha Franklin tickets are in increasingly high-demand. She has received some of the highest honors in music to be achieved.