“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin Dies at Age 76

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It’s a sad day for the music community. Soul superstar and musical legend Aretha Franklin passed away surrounded by her family and loved ones.

According to CNN, Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, one year before the Beatles. Over her career, she’d earned 44 Grammy nominations and won a total of 18.

Aretha performed at the inaugurations of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. She earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from President George W. Bush and performed at the memorial service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Aretha’s family at this time— and we are forever grateful for the influence she had on the world of music.

Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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