Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace
Franklin performed Amazing Grace for Pope Francis in 2015.
In this March 26, 1973 file photo, soul singer Aretha Franklin appears at a news conference.
Music icon at age 76. Her decades-long career included dozens of awards and honoree performances that ranged from personal to political and celebratory.
From singing at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968 to performing at President Barack Obama's first swearing-in ceremony, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin participated in major historical moments.
Here are 17 photos that demonstrate Franklin's illustrious life and career.
This photo captures a moment during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial service when Coretta Scott King was listening to Aretha Franklin sing.
According to the Associated Press, Franklin performed in Memphis, Tennessee on August 16, 1968 during memorial services for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Four years later, Aretha Franklin appeared at an event with Reverend Jesse Jackson in New York.
Franklin broke record after record at the Grammy Awards.
In 1975, she won the award for for best rhythm and blues performance (female). Franklin won every Grammy Award in that category for the first eight years after it was introduced in 1968.
Franklin performed with other music legends, including James Brown.
Titans of the industry Aretha Franklin and James Brown performed together for an HBO-filmed special, "Soul Session," which was later released on DVD.
In the '90s, Franklin was active in the Democratic party and made frequent appearances at events.
Franklin sung the National Anthem at the 1968 Democratic Nation Convention, and repeated the role for the 1992 event.
Franklin then performed in front of the Lincoln Memorial for a pre-inaugural concert ahead of President Bill Clinton's swearing-in ceremony.
Franklin's performance was part of a concert which included Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross.
Aretha Franklin was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.
Twenty-six years after winning the Grammy for best R&B vocal performance for "Respect," Franklin was granted the lifetime achievement award.
That same year, Franklin was one of the Kennedy Center Honors award recipients.
Franklin was honored alongside songwriter Pete Seeger, director Harold Prince, composer Morton Gould, and actor Kirk Douglas.
Franklin performed for President Clinton's second inauguration, too, this time at the gala following the swearing-in ceremony.
Aretha Franklin was also on hand for the memorable 2002 US Open women's final between Venus and Serena Williams.
Serena Williams won against defending champion Venus Williams, and continued on to become one of the greatest tennis players in history.
Continuing her sports appearances, Franklin lit the Olympic Torch in 2002.
After participating in the torch relay in Detroit, Franklin lit the cauldron to help set off the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Franklin helped survivors of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Following the devastating natural disaster, Franklin hosted an event in Detroit for the dozens of people there who were displaced by the hurricane.
Later that year, Franklin received the Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.
Franklin's fellow honorees were internet software designer Robert Kahn, historian Robert Conquest, outgoing Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, and actor Andy Griffith.
For President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009, Franklin performed on stage just before the swearing-in ceremony.
Franklin would go on to appear several times with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Forty-three years after singing at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral service, Franklin was present for the dedication of his memorial on the National Mall.
The memorial was officially dedicated on October 16, 2011, in Washington, DC.
This photo captures a moment when President Obama gave Franklin a fist bump during a farewell ceremony for Attorney General Eric Holder.
Franklin sang during the ceremony at the Justice Department, where the Attorney General's official portrait was unveiled.
Franklin performed "Amazing Grace" for Pope Francis in 2015.
During the final days of his visit to the United States, Pope Francis watched on as Aretha Franklin performed during the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Video: The queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, sings for Pope Francis
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