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Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American R&B, Pop and Gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. She has been called for many years "The Queen Of Soul", but many also call her "Lady Soul," as well as the more affectionate "Sister Ree." She is renowned for her soul recordings but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, gospel, and even opera. She is generally regarded as one of the greatest vocalists ever, due to her ability to inject whatever she may be singing about with passion, soul and sheer conviction.
Franklin is the second most honored female singer in Grammy history after Alison Krauss. Ms. Franklin has won seventeen competitive Grammy Awards. Aretha has also been awarded the Living Legend Grammy and the Lifetime Achievement Grammy as well. She won an unprecedented eight consecutive trophies between 1967 and 1974, during which time the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, was nicknamed 'The Aretha Award'.
Franklin has had a total of 20 #1 R&B singles - a record unsurpassed by any other recording act. Two of them became #1 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as well, "Respect" in the 1960s and her 1980s duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", and many of her singles have hit Top 20, Top 10, and Top 5 positions.
She is one of only three musicians (the others being Madonna and Marvin Gaye) who have placed a single on every charted position of the Billboard top ten pop singles chart.
Always true to her roots, Franklin has spent the past 25 years living in her adopted hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
|Aretha Franklin's Grammy Award Wins|
|1968||Best Rhythm And Blues Recording||R&B||Respect|
|1968||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Respect|
|1969||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Chain Of Fools|
|1970||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Share Your Love With Me|
|1971||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Don't Play That Song For Me|
|1972||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Bridge Over Troubled Water|
|1973||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Young, Gifted and Black (album)|
|1973||Best Soul Gospel Performance||Gospel||Amazing Grace (album)|
|1974||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Master Of Eyes|
|1975||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing|
|1982||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Hold On...I'm Comin' (album track)|
|1986||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Freeway Of Love|
|1988||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Aretha (album)|
|1988||Best R&B Performance - Duo Or Group with Vocal||R&B||I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)|
With George Michael
|1989||Best Soul Gospel Performance - Female||Gospel||One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (album)|
|1991||Living Legend Award||Special||--|
|1994||Lifetime Achievement Award||Special||--|
|2004||Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||Wonderful|
|2006||Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||A House Is Not A Home|
For a detailed account of Aretha Franklin releases, see the Aretha Franklin discography.
Top 10 US Hot 100 singles:
|1967||"I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)"||9|
|1967||"Baby I Love You"||4|
|1967||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||8|
|1967||"Chain Of Fools"||2|
|1968||"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"||5|
|1968||"The House That Jack Built"||6|
|1968||"I Say a Little Prayer"||10|
|1971||"Bridge Over Troubled Water" / "Brand New Me"||6|
|1973||"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)"||3|
|1985||"Who's Zoomin Who?"||7|
|1985||"Freeway of Love"||3|
|1987||"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael)||1|