Aretha Franklin is gravely ill in a Detroit hospital, according to her family.
As of Monday morning, she was responsive and surrounded by her loved ones.
In 1967, she signed to Atlantic Records and launched many number one songs, including a cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” which became her signature song.
Franklin has received many accolades for her illustrious career; she was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1994, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 1999 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. She was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2005, as well.
The City of Detroit honored Franklin in 2017 by renaming a street in her honor. Aretha Franklin Way runs along Madison Avenue at Brush Street.