Aretha Franklin "Queen Of Soul" Facts You Should Know

    The legendary singer died today at age 76.

    Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday after battling pancreatic cancer. Here are some facts to celebrate the iconic musician and her awe-inspiring life:

    1. She received honorary degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, AND the University of Michigan.

    2. She was Whitney Houston's "honorary aunt."

    3. She had a fear of flying.

    4. Her sisters, Carolyn and Erma, sang background vocals on several of her early recordings.

    5. In 2005, she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    6. She died the same day as Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll — only 41 years later.

    7. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    8. She got engaged to her longtime friend Willie Wilkerson twice, calling off their second engagement in 2012.

    9. She has a total of 18 Grammy Awards.

    10. She became pregnant with the first of her four sons when she was only 12 years old.

    11. She taught herself how to play piano by ear.

    12. She started her own record label called Aretha's Records.

    13. She sang at the inaugurations of presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

    14. She has a street in Detroit named after her.

    15. An all-star tribute concert celebrating Franklin and her music is scheduled for Nov. 14, 2018, at Madison Square Garden.

    16. She was seen as a symbol of black equality and female empowerment.