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Aretha Franklin Through the Years

In honor of the soul diva’s 70th birthday, we take a look back at her amazing career

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Aretha Franklin signs to Atlantic Records as her manager Ted White and producer Jerry Wexler look on.

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Clinton Inauguration (1993)

Aretha Franklin stands with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in front of the Lincoln Memorial during a pre-inauguration event for Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C., on January 17th, 1993.

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‘Aretha Franklin: Duets’ (1993)

Aretha Franklin hugs Smokey Robinson during a rehearsal for the Aretha Franklin: Duets concert at the Nederlander Theater in New York in April 1993.

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‘Duets’ Rehearsal (1993)

Aretha Franklin dances during a rehearsal for the Aretha Franklin: Duets concert at the Nederlander Theater in New York in April 1993.

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Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Party (2003)

Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys perform during the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party at the Regent Wall Street in New York on February 22nd, 2003.

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‘NFL Kickoff Live’ (2003)

Aretha Franklin performs in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., during the NFL Kickoff Live concert on September 4th, 2003.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum Opening (1995)

Aretha Franklin and Al Green perform during the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2007)

Aretha Franklin performs with Paul Shaffer at the 22nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on March 12th, 2007.

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MusiCares Person of the Year Ceremony (2008)

Aretha Franklin performs at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony in her honor at the Los Angeles Convention Center in February 2008.

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50th Annual Grammy Awards (2008)

Aretha Franklin and BeBe Winans perform during the pre-telecast for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10th, 2008.

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‘Torch of Freedom’ (2008)

Aretha Franklin performs during the Torch of Freedom: A Holiday Tribute to Our Troops concert at the Nokia Theatre in New York on December 14th, 2008.

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Apollo Legends Hall of Fame Induction (2010)

Aretha Franklin is inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame by Jamie Foxx and Danny Glover at the Apollo Theater Spring Benefit Concert and Awards Ceremony in New York on June 14th, 2010.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (2011)

Michelle Obama reaches out to embrace Aretha Franklin as President Barack Obama; President/CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Harry Johnson; Vice President Joe Biden; Jill Biden and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar look on during the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on October 16th, 2011.

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Tribute to Whitney Houston (2012)

Aretha Franklin performs a tribute to Whitney Houston at Radio City Music Hall in New York on February 17th, 2012.

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