Queen Aretha Franklin was inducted into the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame way back in 1987, she was the first woman to ever be inducted into the esteemed group. Today, even after her passing, she continues her dominant run of recognition and acknowledgments as the Memphis Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that the Respect winner will headline the list of inductees to their list of musicians that includes other legendary artists like Otis Redding, B.B. King, and Justin Timberlake.
Aretha Franklin was originally born in Memphis though she was raised here in Detroit, so this is definitely a place that was near and dear to Aretha and her family. Apparently the committee of the Hall actually has had plans to induct the Queen for the past few years but her holding out for a time when Aretha could actually attend the presentation but her deteriorating health wouldn’t allow for it. Unfortunately Aretha Franklin passed away in August at the age of 76, but I’m sure it sits well with Aretha fans and family that she is still being acknowledged in her birth place.
The event will take place at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on November 1st with a prize-giveaway and concert that will certainly be star-studded.
Aretha Franklin’s death was shocking for the City of Detroit especially but the entire World as well, as celebrities, politicians, and other influencers mourned the singer after her death. The singers funeral was attended by musicians and celebrities from all over the world and from differing generations. Everyone from Stevie Wonder to Ariana Grande showed up to show their support for the late singer.
The City of Detroit especially has honored the Queen with murals, events, and programs to celebrate the singers life, her contributions will never be forgotten so long as Detroit stands.