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Motown singer Aretha Franklin became the first female vocalist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on this day in 1987. Franklin lived most of her life in Detroit, and became affectionately known worldwide as the Queen of Soul. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded her a Grammy Legend Award in 1991, then the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. She was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1994, recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 1999, and was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

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