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Song of the day for January 3 2024

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Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," made history as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She won 18 Grammy Awards, including eight for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and received honors such as the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her impact on American music and culture was recognized with a posthumous Pulitzer Prize special citation.

Today’s song is a live version of Aretha Franklin from the Kennedy Centre in 2016, performing (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

On January 3, 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From her midwestern gospel roots, “The Queen of Soul” rose to become one of the biggest stars in the world, with 100 entries on the R&B chart, 73 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 17 Top Ten hits, including her chart-topping cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Chain of Fools.” Franklin was inducted during the Hall of Fame’s second annual ceremony, alongside such fellow trailblazers as Marvin Gaye, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, and Muddy Waters.

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career. She won 18 Grammy Awards (out of 44 nominations), including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (1968–1975), a Grammy Awards Living Legend honor and Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also awarded the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her other inductions include the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012, and posthumously the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2020. In 2019, the Pulitzer Prize jury awarded her a posthumous special citation “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades”.

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