Recording Academy On Aretha Franklin's Passing: She Was 'One Of the Most Profound Voices in Music'

Following the death of music legend Aretha Franklin at age 76 today (Aug. 16), the Recording Academy has released an official statement to honor the soul icon. Having been recognized by the Academy numerous times over years, including landing 18 Grammy wins and a Lifetime Achievement Award, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said the following about the life of an extraordinary talent:

"Aretha Franklin was an incomparable artist who came to be recognized as one of the most profound voices in music. Known universally as the Queen of Soul, she solidified her legendary status in the late 1960s with chart-topping recordings that included "Respect," "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)," and "Think."

"During her six-decade career Aretha earned 44 Grammy nominations, 18 Grammy Awards, and was recognized by the Recording Academy on several occasions for her remarkable accomplishments as an artist and philanthropist.

We were privileged to honor her with the Recording Academy's Grammy Legend Award in 1991, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, and as the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year for her extraordinary artistic achievements and charitable efforts.

Her distinctive sound, unforgettable recordings, and giving spirit will continue to be celebrated worldwide. Aretha will be dearly missed, and our thoughts go out to her loved ones during this difficult time."