29 Black Music Milestones: Aretha Franklin Becomes 'The Queen of Soul'

Aretha Franklin is an American singer/songwriter/pianist who is best known as "The Queen of Soul."

Franklin is one of the most honored female singers by the Grammy Awards with 18 wins to date. Franklin has scored more than a dozen No. 1 singles on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart, one of which also became her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- "Respect" (1967).

Since 1961, Franklin has gotten over 40 "Top 40" hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; she also has the most million-selling singles of any female artist.

In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 2011 Grammy presentation, she was honored by Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine following reports of illness.

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