On this date in 1987, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, became the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.
Despite the enormity of the milestone, Franklin wasn’t actually able to attend the ceremony herself, so instead, Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, Clive Davis and her brother Cecil inducted Franklin with her poignant speech, “To be the first woman inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a historical moment and indeed a milestone in my career…”
In 2018, Rock Hall issued a statement commemorating Franklin: “The first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”
Stevie Nicks made history in 2019 by being the first female artist to be inducted twice, first with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, then as a solo artist.