Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Detroit. She started singing in her father's church, and went on to become one of the most legendary artists in American history. Her hits, like "Think," "Respect," and "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman," endure as the apex of soul and rock music.
In 1987, Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. Over the course of six decades, she won 18 Grammy Awards, and famously sang at the inaugurations of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
In 1985, legislation in the state of Michigan declared that Franklin's voice was a "natural resource."