RayCornelius.com would like to wish Aretha Franklin a Happy 70th birthday today. For 52 years this singer-songwriter-pianist and musical treasure has entertained us with her ‘soulful’ melodies and gut-wrenching live performances.

And if that’s not enough, allow me to list just a ‘few’ of her accolades as well as some of our all time favorite songs/performances:

She has won 18 Grammy Awards and has two honorary Grammys including the Grammy Legend Award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Rolling Stone has named her the No. 1 all time best singer of the rock era and is ranked at #9 on the 100 Greatest Artist of All Time

She had 10 #1 R&B Albums between 1967 and 1982, more than any other female artist

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She is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the second female artist to be inducted in the UK Music Hall of Fame…

She is one of three artists to have singles peak at each of the top 10 positions on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is ranked at #19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 All –Time Top Artist…

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Her voice was declared a “natural resource” in 1985 by former Michigan Governor James Blanchard…

She is a Kennedy Center Honors award recipient and has been awarded The National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

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Aretha Franklin is without a shadow of a doubt the undisputed ‘Queen of Soul.’ We are so looking forward to her new album and her performance at this year’s Essence Music Festival.

Source: Wikipedia