Aretha Franklin Net Worth

Aretha Franklin Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Aretha Franklin net worth is
$60 Million

Aretha Franklin Wiki Biography

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, musician as well as an actress, but universally considered to be “The Queen of Soul”. Aretha rose to prominence in 1968, when she released two commercially profitable albums, namely “Lady Soul” in January which upon its release became a huge success in the US, topping the Billboard Pop Albums, Jazz Albums and Black Albums charts, and followed by “Aretha Now” . In addition to spawning such singles as “Chain of Fools” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Lady Soul” was included in the list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, compiled by “Rolling Stone” magazine, and is also considered to be among the greatest albums as featured on the VH1 network. “Aretha Now” was her fifteenth studio album, released in June of 1968, and featuring such popular singles as “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Think/You Send Me”, “Aretha Now” peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart and since its release has been given a gold certification from the RIAA.  Aretha Franklin released 112 singles that have made it to the Billboard music charts, and sold more than 75 million albums around the world. Franklin’s contributions to the music industry have been acknowledged with 18 Grammy Awards, as well as an induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame. Aretha Franklin passed away in 2018.

A famous singer and musician, how rich was Aretha Franklin? Authoritative sources estimate that Aretha’s net worth was over $60 million, undoubtedly accumulated mostly due to her singing career over more than five decades.

Aretha Franklin Net Worth $60 Million

Aretha Franklin was born on 25 March 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, to C. L. Franklin, a Baptist preacher known as “the man with the million-dollar voice”, and singer Barbara Siggers. Aretha Franklin’s professional career began at the age of 14, when she started performing at various churches under her father’s management. When she was 18 years old, Franklin attracted the attention of the well-known “Columbia Records” label, with which she released her first single entitled “Today I Sing the Blues”, which featured in the R&B chart. Shortly afterwards, Franklin made her studio album debut with “Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo”, which was released in 1961 and well-received by critics, despite the fact that her label could not attribute her to any particular music style. Aretha Franklin reached commercial success several years later, when she released a single called “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” in 1967 from the album of the same name, and which topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts, and since then has featured in such films as “This Christmas” with Loretta Devine, Idris Elba and Chris Brown, and “The Commitments” directed by Alan Parker, and “The Blues Brothers” in 1980, with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, then a reprised version in 1998.

Aretha’s career stretched almost unbroken for over 50 years, during which she released almost the same number of studio albums, seven ‘live’ albums, 52 compilations, and more than 20 collaborations. Over 20 of her singles reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, from an authorititively estimated 88 releases overall. Although holding concerts only in the US after 1984, as a fear of flying restricted her travelling, her truly remarkable career was  crowned by her acknowledged title worldwide as ‘the Queen of Soul’, stemming from her roots in gospel, passing through ‘pop’ and rock ‘n’ roll – she was the first woman inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 – and culminating with her various stand-out performances, and appearances over the years at such events as Martin Luther King’s funeral in 1968, and the ordinations of President Jimmy Carter in 1976, and President Barack Obama in 2009.

Aside from innumerable music awards, Aretha was also honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as early as 1979, an honorary degree from Harvard University (2014), and honorary doctorates in music from the Universities of  Michigan, Princeton, Yale , Brown and  Pennsylvania, the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Additionally, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wayne State University, and an honorary Doctor of Law from Bethune–Cookman University.  

In her less-than-private personal life, Aretha Franklin was married twice, firstly to “Ted” White in 1961 – with whom she had a son who later became one of her backing group – but divorcing in 1969 amid accusations of domestic violence. She then married Glyn Turman (1978-84). However, she had three other children, the first at aged 12 and the second at 14, who were raised largely by her grandmother and sister while Aretha developed her career. Her fourth son was fathered by Ken Cunningham, her road manager, in 1970.

Having been raised in Detroit, and then living in New York and Los Angeles, Aretha eventually returned permanently to Detroit in the early 1980s, partly to care for her father who had been (eventually fatally ) injured in a targeted shooting.

Aretha had several medical problems in her later years – she periodically struggled with weight, and dieted intermittently. Initially she had been a chain-smoker, and then overcome alcoholism, but had a tumor removed in 2010, but was only able to perform occasionally thereafter, in fact several times cancelling concerts because of ill-health.

Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2018, and died at her home in Detroit, Michigan on 18 August. To her final credit, her life in music was celebrated by family, and friends in the music industry, rather than mourning her passing – moving tributes were paid by such as former President Barack Obama, who had become a friend, as well as by current President Donald Trump.


Full NameAretha Franklin
Net Worth$60 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 25, 1942
Died18 August 2018
Place Of BirthMemphis, Tennessee, United States
Height5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)
ProfessionSinger, Songwriter, Actor, Artist, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Music artist
EducationJuilliard School, New York, Northern High School, Detroit, Michigan
SpouseGlynn Turman (m. 1978–1984), Ted White (m. 1961–1969)
ChildrenTed White Jr., Kecalf Cunningham, Edward Franklin, Clarence Franklin
ParentsBarbara Siggers Franklin, C. L. Franklin
SiblingsNatural Woman, I Say a Little Prayer, I Knew You Were Waiting, Erma Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, Carl Ellan Kelley, Rev. Cecil Franklin, Vaughn Franklin
NicknamesAretha Franklyn , Franklin, Aretha , Arthaa Franklin , Aretja Franklin , Aretha Fanklin , Aretha Louise Franklin , aretha_franklin , The Queen of Soul
AwardsThe BET Honors Award for Musical Arts (2014), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1994), Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Record LabelsJ.V.B Records, Columbia, Atlantic, Arista, RCA Records
AlbumsAretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (2014), Lady Soul (1968), Aretha Now (1968), Aretha Live at Fillmore West (1971), Songs of Faith (1956)
NominationsGrammy Hall of Fame, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, UK Music Hall of Fame, MTV Video Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Music Awards
MoviesMuscle Shoals(2013), Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), George Michael & Aretha Franklin: I Knew You Were Waiting - For Me (1987, video), Stations of the Elevated (1981), The Blues Brothers (1980), Aretha Franklin: Freeway of Love (1985, video short)
TV ShowsScandal (TV Series), Wimbledon (2016), So You Think You Can Dance (2009-2014), X Factor (2010, TV Series), EastEnders (TV Series), Detroit 1-8-7 (2010, TV Series), Room 222 (1972, TV Series), Shindig! (TV Series)
1Her powerful vocals
1Trying to grow up is hurting, you know. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don't it hurts even more.
1Was named for two of her father's sisters, Aretha and Louise.
2Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 15, a son Edward Franklin on January 5, 1957. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend.
3Gave birth to her 1st child at age 14, a son Clarence Franklin on March 28, 1956. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend.
4Gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Ted White, Jr., in 1964. She was 22. The child's father is her now ex-husband Ted White.
5Gave birth to her 4th child at age 28, a son Kecalf Cunningham on March 28, 1970. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Ken Cunningham.
6Had known Whitney Houston, since Whitney was age 5, and was her godmother.
7Engaged to longtime friend, William "Willie" Wilkerson [January 3, 2012].
8Was reported that she has pancreatic cancer. (8 Dec 2010).
9She and Smokey Robinson grew up together.
10The lavish hat she wore when she performed at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration was supplied by Detroit's Mr. Song Millinery. It created such a sensation that designer Luke Song sold out of the style shortly after.
11She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
12Aretha sang "God Bless America" at the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.
13Voted the greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
14She can't read music.
1511/16/05: Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture.
16Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, was an avid fan of her work.
17She has won 16 Grammy Awards.
181999: She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.
19Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
2011/9/05: Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Other recipients were Frank Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Gen. Richard Myers, Paul Rusesabagina, Carol Burnett, Andy Griffith, Vint Cerf and his Internet co-developer Robert Kahn, Jack Nicklaus, Alan Greenspan and former congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery.
21She was voted the 9th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
22Ranked #1 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
23Won 15 Grammy Awards; Grammy Legend Award; Kennedy Center Honor.
241987: Her duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", was a UK #1 single.
25Is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
26Her voice was designated a "Natural Resource" by the State of Michigan.
271984: Her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, died after having been shot by a burglar.
281992: Performed at President Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration.
29Suffers from a fear of flying that affects her schedule--she declined attending her Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction because of it.
30Younger sister of vocalist Erma Franklin, who originally recorded the song "Piece of My Heart," later a hit for Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin. Older sister of singer/songwriter Carolyn Franklin, who wrote Aretha's hit "Ain't No Way." Daughter of the Rev. C.L. Franklin.
31First woman to be admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
32Her favorite film as a child was The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)


Ray Donovan2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Got Talent2013TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Grey's Anatomy2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the StarsTV Series 6 episodes, 2005 - 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Muscle Shoals2013Documentary performer: "One Step Ahead", "I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You", "Respect"
Parenthood2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Un plan parfait2012performer: "You're All I Need to Get By"
Enie backt2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Secret Disco Revolution2012Documentary performer: "Respect", "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman"
Inspector George GentlyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Sparkle2012/Iperformer: "Night Life"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Voice UK2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
American IdolTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2004 - 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2011
EastEnders2001-2011TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Jumping the Broom2011performer: "Bridge over Troubled Water"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 12006-2011TV Series documentary performer - 4 episodes
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards2011TV Special writer: "Think", "Spirit in the Dark"
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place2011Documentary performer: "Precious Lord Take My Hand"
Detroit 1-8-72010TV Series performer - 1 episode
X Factor2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Love Ranch2010performer: "Hold On I'm Comin'"
Nurse Jackie2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Casino Jack and the United States of Money2010Documentary performer: "THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT"
I Can Do Bad All by Myself2009writer: "Rock Steady"
Diverso da chi?2009performer: "Don't Play This Song"
Free Agents2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
President Obama: The Inauguration2009TV Movie performer: "My Country 'Tis of Thee"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
It Takes Two2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
This Christmas2007performer: "Never Loved a Man The Way That I Love You"
Hack!2007performer: "Oh No Not My Baby" - uncredited
Eye See Me2007performer: "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
Ugly Betty2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gracie2007performer: "Rock Steady" / writer: "Rock Steady"
Esti showder2006-2007TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Holiday2006performer: "You Send Me" 1957
Deck the Halls2006performer: "Joy to the World"
How Music Works2006TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Zwei Engel für Amor2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Les ambitieux2006performer: "Baby I Love You"
Bobby2006performer: "Never Gonna Break My Faith", "Baby, I Love You"
The Last King of Scotland2006performer: "Save Me" / writer: "Save Me"
Canadian Idol2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
SingStar Rocks!2006Video Game performer: "Respect"
Phat Girlz2006performer: " You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman"
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector2006performer: "Chain of Fools"
Akeelah and the Bee2006performer: "Respect" 1965
Idols!2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Entourage2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV Special performer: "Somewhere"
Cold Case2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
In Good Company2004performer: "Chain of Fools" 1967
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason2004performer: "Think" / writer: "Think" - as Franklin
The Last Shot2004performer: "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" 1944
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2003-2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde2003performer: "Sisters are Doin' It for Themselves"
Idool 20032003TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Confidence2003performer: "Respect" One Rascal Mix
Two Weeks Notice2002performer: "Respect"
La bande du drugstore2002performer: "Chain of fools", "Never let me go", "Prove it"
Ali2001performer: "Ain't No Way"
Rat Race2001performer: "Chain of Fools"
High Heels and Low Lifes2001performer: "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
Bridget Jones's Diary2001performer: "Respect"
The Lone Gunmen2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Boston Public2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
The '70s2000TV Movie performer: "Think", "Border Song Holy Moses" - uncredited / writer: "Think" - uncredited
High Fidelity2000performer: "Rock Steady" / writer: "Rock Steady"
Steal This Movie2000performer: "I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You"
Bicentennial Man1999performer: "Respect", "Sweet Sweet Baby Since You've Been Gone" / writer: "Sweet Sweet Baby Since You've Been Gone"
Girl, Interrupted1999performer: "The Right Time"
Black & White1999/Iperformer: "Urban Life"
Mon père, ma mère, mes frères et mes soeurs1999lyrics: "Think" / music: "Think" / performer: "Think" / writer: "Think"
The King of Queens1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tuftsablanca1999performer: "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,"
Dance with Me1998performer: "A Deeper Love"
Get Real1998performer: "Respect", "Think" / writer: "Think"
Sex and the City1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
La vida en el aire1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Doctor Dolittle1998writer: "Rock Steady"
El grito en el cielo1998performer: "I Say a Little Prayer"
Divas Live: An Honors Concert for VH1 Save the Music1998TV Special documentary performer: "Chain Of Fools"
Always Outnumbered1998TV Movie performer: "Chain of Fools"
Trial and Error1997performer: "Respect"
Sprung1997performer: "I'm in Love"
...First Do No Harm1997TV Movie performer: "Over the Rainbow"
That Darn Cat1997performer: "Respect"
Blues Brothers 20001997performer: "Respect"
Michael1996performer: "Chain of Fools" 1967
The Powder Room1996Documentary performer: "RESPECT"
The First Wives Club1996performer: "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
Bound1996performer: "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You"
A Family Thing1996performer: "Spirit In The Dark" / writer: "Spirit In The Dark"
Dad, the Angel & Me1995TV Movie "RESPECT"
Waiting to Exhale1995performer: "It Hurts Like Hell", "Try Matty's" / writer: "Try Matty's"
Dead Presidents1995performer: "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"
Operation Dumbo Drop1995performer: "THINK" / writer: "THINK"
Jack & Sarah1995performer: "Look for the Silver Lining"
Major Payne1995performer: "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You", "Respect"
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight1995performer: "BABY, I LOVE YOU"
Higher Learning1995performer: "TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK"
Chicago HopeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1995
Mixed Nuts1994performer: "O Christmas Tree"
Miracle on 34th Street1994performer: "Joy to the World"
The War1994performer: "Think" / writer: "Think"
Blown Away1994performer: "You'll Lose A Good Thing", "All Night Long"
Forrest Gump1994performer: "Respect" 1967
Crooklyn1994performer: "Rock Steady" / writer: "Rock Steady"
Saturday Night Live1980-1994TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Pelican Brief1993performer: "Chain Of Fools"
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit1993performer: "A Deeper Love"
Grace Under Fire1993TV Series performer: "Lady Madonna"
Aretha Franklin: Duets1993TV Special performer: "Chain of Fools", "Spirit in the Dark", "Since You've Been Gone", "People Get Ready", "Just to See Her", "Coming Out of the Dark"
That Night1992performer: "TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS"
The Wonder Years1989-1992TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Malcolm X1992performer: "Someday We'll All Be Free"
Love Potion No. 91992performer: "I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU"
Night and the City1992performer: "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You"
Sneakers1992performer: "Chain Of Fools"
Bébé's Kids1992performer: "Standing on the Rock of Love"
White Men Can't Jump1992performer: "IF I LOSE"
Der Hausgeist1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cape Fear1991performer: "Do Right Woman--Do Right Man"
Rover Dangerfield1991performer: "Respect"
Eurythmics: Greatest Hits1991Video documentary performer: "Sisters are Doin' It for Themselves"
Tiny Toon Adventures1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Midnight Caller1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
Paris Is Burning1990Documentary performer: "Who's Zoomin' Who" / writer: "Who's Zoomin' Who"
Goodfellas1990performer: "Baby I Love You"
Second Sight1989performer: "FREEWAY OF LOVE"
The Preppie Murder1989TV Movie performer: "Baby I Love You", "Chain of Fools"
Married with Children1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka1988performer: "If Ever a Love There Was"
Fresh Horses1988performer: "Think" / writer: "Think"
Mystic Pizza1988performer: "RESPECT"
Maximum Potential1987Video performer: "Who's Zoomin Who" / writer: "Who's Zoomin Who"
The Allnighter1987performer: "RESPECT"
Making Mr. Right1987performer: "Rock Steady" / writer: "Rock Steady"
WrestleMania III1987TV Special performer: "America The Beautiful", "Who's Zoomin' Who" / writer: "Who's Zoomin' Who"
Street Smart1987performer: "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman"
The Magic of David Copperfield IX: The Escape from Alcatraz1987TV Special performer: "Think" / writer: "Think"
Top of the Pops1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
Women in Rock1986Video documentary performer: "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves", "Respect" uncredited
FameTV Series writer - 1 episode, 1986 performer - 1 episode, 1985
Streets of Gold1986performer: "RESPECT"
Jumpin' Jack Flash1986performer: "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
Nothing in Common1986performer: "Until you say you love me"
Back to School1986performer: "Respect"
Miami ViceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
St. Elmo's Fire1985performer: "RESPECT"
Desperately Seeking Susan1985performer: "RESPECT"
Moonlighting1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Big Chill1983performer: "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman"
The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me1982TV Movie performer: "Respect" - uncredited
The Blues Brothers1980performer: "THINK", "JAILHOUSE ROCK" - uncredited / writer: "THINK" - uncredited
More American Graffiti1979performer: "Respect"
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV Special performer: "Nobody Does It Better".
Coming Home1978performer: "Save Me" 1967 / writer: "Save Me" 1967
Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala1977TV Movie performer: "God Bless America"
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV Special performer: "Benji's Theme I Feel Love", "We May Never Love Like This Again", "Wherever Love Takes Me"
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly1973TV Special performer: "Mood Indigo"
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV Special performer: "Funny Girl"
The Kraft Music Hall1967TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shindig!1964-1965TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mafia III2016Video Game performer: "Chain of Fools", "Respect" - uncredited
Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moonlight2016/Iperformer: "ONE STEP AHEAD"
Wimbledon2016TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Match of the Day: Euro 20162016TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Live Another Day2016Documentary performer: "Freeway Of Love"
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Morfi, todos a la mesa2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Mavericks2016TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
ScandalTV Series performer - 10 episodes, 2014 - 2016 writer - 2 episodes, 2015
Ochéntame... otra vez2016TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X FactorTV Series 1 episode, 2015 performer - 1 episode, 2012
The Voice2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
She's Beautiful When She's Angry2014Documentary performer: "Save Me" / writer: "Save Me"
Forever2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Die Schlikkerfrauen2014performer: "Respect" - uncredited
So You Think You Can Dance2009-2014TV Series performer - 6 episodes
Independent Lens2014TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
RuPaul's Drag RaceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Dancing on IceTV Series performer - 4 episodes, 2010 - 2014 writer - 2 episodes, 2014
Honeyballers2013TV Movie documentary performer: "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" - uncredited


Blues Brothers 20001997Mrs. Murphy
The Blues Brothers1980Mrs. Murphy
Room 2221972TV SeriesInez Jackson


Bloody Cuts2014TV Series thanks - 1 episode
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary short special thanks
Malcolm X1992thank Jesus


ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Home for the Holidays: The Family Tree1999TV MovieHerself - Guest
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael1999Video documentaryHerself ("I Knew You Were Waiting" video)
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Stories Behind the Making of 'The Blues Brothers'1998Video documentaryHerself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary shortHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-1998TV SeriesHerself
Divas Live: An Honors Concert for VH1 Save the Music1998TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie1998TV Series documentaryHerself
A Celebration of America's Music1998TV SpecialHerself
28th NAACP Image Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
The 39th Annual Grammy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHerself
Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King1995TV Special documentaryHerself
The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame1995TV Special documentaryHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1994TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Sinatra Duets1994TV SpecialHerself
Christmas at Home with the Stars1994TV SpecialHerself
The Essence Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The Atlantic Records Story1994TV SpecialHerself
Saturday Night Live1980-1994TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The Jackson Family Honors1994TV Special documentaryHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1993TV SpecialHerself
1993 Essence Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Aretha Franklin: Duets1993TV SpecialHerself
The 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala1993TV MovieHerself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration1993TV MovieHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1992TV SpecialHerself
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Murphy Brown1991TV SeriesHerself
Eurythmics: Greatest Hits1991Video documentaryHerself (segment "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves")
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll1991TV Series documentaryHerself
Grammy Legends1990TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
78th Grey Cup1990TV MovieHerself - Halftime Show Performer
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones1990DocumentaryHerself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1990TV SeriesHerself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
5th Annual Soap Opera Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
James Brown & Friends: Set Fire to the Soul1988Video documentaryHerself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1986-1988TV SeriesHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983-1988TV SeriesHerself
Cissy Houston: Sweet Inspiration1988DocumentaryHerself
Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.1988TV SpecialHerself
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
WrestleMania III1987TV SpecialHerself
Women in Rock1986Video documentaryHerself
Fame, Fortune and Romance1986TV SeriesHerself
Motown on Showtime: Temptations and Four Tops1986TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 10th Annual American Music Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Host
The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me1982TV MovieHerself
Solid Gold1982TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967-1981TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself
Omnibus1980TV SeriesHerself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHerself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America1980TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
Soul Train1973-1979TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1979TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist / Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1978TV MovieHerself
Live Wednesday1978TV SeriesHerself
A Salute to American Imagination1978TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Performer
New American Bandstand 19651962-1978TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards1978TV SpecialHerself
The Midnight Special1973-1978TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Host
Dinah!1975-1977TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer
The All-Star Gong Show Special1977TV MovieHerself - Singer
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHerself
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards1977TV SpecialHerself
Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala1977TV MovieHerself
Bob Hope on Campus1975TV SpecialHerself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself - Performer: Wherever Love Takes Me and Co-Performer: We May Never Love Like This Again & Benji's Theme (I Feel Love)
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself
Flip1971-1973TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards1973TV SpecialHerself
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly1973TV SpecialHerself
Black Rodeo1972DocumentaryHerself
The 14th Annual Grammy Awards1972TV SpecialHerself
Sympathy for the Devil1972TV Series documentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet1970TV SeriesHerself - Musician
This Is Tom Jones1970TV Series documentaryHerself
It's Lulu1970TV SeriesHerself
Top of the Pops1968-1970TV SeriesHerself
The Andy Williams Magic Lantern Show Company1969TV MovieHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHerself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Hollywood Palace1968TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHerself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
The Kraft Music Hall1967TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1967TV SeriesHersef - Vocalist
Where the Action Is1965TV SeriesHerself
Shindig!1964-1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The New Steve Allen Show1964TV SeriesHerself
Here Come the Girls1963TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
Gotta Keep Dreamin2016Documentary post-productionHerself
2016 Election Night Viewing Party2016TV MovieHerself
Amazing Grace2016DocumentaryHerself
The Insider2016TV SeriesHerself
Jazz at the White House2016TV SpecialHerself - Performer
38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors2015TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
PBS NewsHour2015TV SeriesHerself
Festival of Families2015TV MovieHerself
MSNBC Live2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Talk2013-2015TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest / Herself
The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House2015TV MovieHerself
Billboard's Women in Music2014Video shortHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2008-2014TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest / Herself
Today2011-2014TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Musical Guest
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton2014TV SeriesHerself
Independent Lens2014TV Series documentaryHerself
In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul2014TV MovieHerself
The BET Honors2014TV MovieHerself
R&B Divas of All Time2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Muscle Shoals2013DocumentaryHerself
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival2012TV MovieHerself - Performer
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998-2012TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest / Herself
10th Annual TV Land Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
The Zen of Bennett2012DocumentaryHerself
20th Annual Trumpet Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
CBS News Sunday Morning2011-2012TV Series documentaryHerself (segment "Aretha Franklin") / Herself - Guest
The BET Honors2012TV MovieHerself
Tony Bennett: Duets II2012TV MovieHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Musical Guest
The Oprah Winfrey Show2000-2011TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Easy Listening Hits at the BBC2011TV MovieHerself
My Music: Aretha Franklin Presents Soul Rewind2010TV MovieHerself - Host
Entertainment Tonight2006-2010TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Live2009-2010TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2009TV SpecialHerself
Rachael Ray2009TV SeriesHerself
Christmas in Rockefeller Center2009TV MovieHerself
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert2009TV SpecialHerself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: I'll Take You There2009VideoHerself
A Capitol Fourth2009TV Special
President Obama: The Inauguration2009TV MovieHerself
Dancing with the Stars2008TV SeriesHerself
Deal or No Deal2008TV SeriesHerself
TV One on One2008TV SeriesHerself
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Smokey Robinson2008TV MovieHerself (pre-taped message)
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHerself
American Masters1988-2007TV Series documentaryHerself
WrestleMania 232007TV SpecialHerself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Aretha Franklin2007TV SpecialHonoree
Bobby: The Making of an American Epic2007Video documentary shortHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2006TV SpecialHerself
2006 Trumpet Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Super Bowl XL2006TV SpecialHerself - National Anthem Performer
21st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Lena Horne Award Recipient
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama Series
From the Heart: The Four Tops 50th Anniversary & Celebration2005TV Special documentaryHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2004TV SpecialHerself
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHerself
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular2004TV SpecialHerself-Performer
The 9th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Aretha Franklin2003TV SpecialHoneree
NFL Kickoff Live 2003 Washington D.C.2003TV MovieHerself
Singing in the Shadow: The Children of Rock Royalty2003DocumentaryHerself
American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love and Soul2003TV Special documentaryHerself - Host
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
Tom Dowd & the Language of Music2003DocumentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002TV SeriesHerself
VH1 Legends2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin2001TV SpecialHerself
An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence2001TV Special documentaryHerself
Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration2000TV Special documentaryHerself
Immaculate Funk2000DocumentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
My Music: 50s & 60s Party Songs2014TV MovieHerself
New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music2013TV MovieHerself - Performer
My Music: '60s Girl Grooves2013TV MovieHerself
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryMrs. Murphy
Lulu: Something to Shout About2011TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV SeriesHerself
Video Killed the Radio Star2010TV Series documentaryHerself
The Jay Leno Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Pop Galerie Reloaded2009TV Series documentaryHerself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHerself
Biography2005TV Series documentary
Later... With Jools Holland2005TV SeriesHerself
Out of Africa: Heroes and Icons2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Impact: Songs That Changed the World2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHerself - Singer
Top of the Pops 22003TV SeriesHerself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHerself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryMrs. Murphy
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America2001TV Mini-Series documentary
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Vivement dimanche2001TV SeriesHerself
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
SNL: 25 Years of Music1999TV MovieHerself
Great Performances1996TV SeriesHerself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHerself
Shindig! Presents Groovy Gals1991Video documentaryHerself
Shindig! Presents Soul1991Video documentary shortHerself
60 Minutes: The Entertainers1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
Omnibus1987TV Series documentaryHerself
Top of the Pops1987TV SeriesHerself
Brown Sugar1986TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHerself
Soul Train1973TV Series documentaryHerself

Won Awards

2016Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)TV Musical Moment of the Year38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (2015)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding AlbumAlbum: "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics"
2008Chairman's AwardImage Awards
2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional R&B Vocal PerformanceFor the song "A House Is Not a Home."
1997Hall of FameImage Awards
1979Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on August 29, 1979 at 6920 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest SongBobby (2006)
2007OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original SongBobby (2006)
1999GrammyGrammy AwardsBest R&B Vocal Performance - FemaleFor the song "A Rose Is Still a Rose."
1999GrammyGrammy AwardsBest R&B AlbumFor the album "A Rose Is Still a Rose."
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety Series/SpecialThe 40th Annual Grammy Awards (1998)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special

Known for movies

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