January 20, 1977 - Performs "God Bless America" at the inauguration gala of President Jimmy Carter.
1980 - Appears in the movie "The Blues Brothers" and performs the song "Think"; leaves Atlantic Records for Arista Records.
1981 - Wins Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for "Hold On I'm Comin'."
1985 - Wins Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for "Freeway Of Love."
January 3, 1987 - She is the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1987 - Wins two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for "Aretha" and Best R&B Performance by a Duo, with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)."
1988 - Wins Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female for "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism".
1991 - Receives the Grammy Legend Award.
January 20, 1993 - Performs "I Dreamed a Dream" at the inauguration ball of President Bill Clinton.
1994 - Receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. And is the youngest recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor at that time.
1997 - Performs an aria from Puccini's La Boheme at the wedding of Vice-President Al Gore's daughter Karenna.
February 6, 1998 - Reprises her roll of Mrs. Murphy from "The Blues Brothers" in the sequel "The Blues Brothers 2000".
February 25, 1998 - Substitutes for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti at the Grammy Awards performing Nessun Dorma by Puccini, unrehearsed.
September 1, 1999 - Publishes autobiography "Aretha: From These Roots", where she discusses her private and personal life for the first time.
September 22, 1999 - Is named a winner of the National Medal of Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts
2003 - Wins Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Wonderful".
March 2004 - Is hospitalized and released for allergic reaction to antibiotics.
2004 - Starts own record label, Aretha's Records.
2005 - Wins Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "A House Is Not A Home".
November 5, 2005 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
2006 - After pointing out that no Motown talent was appearing in the Detroit Super Bowl halftime show the NFL asks her to sing the national anthem along with Aaron Neville prior to the game.
July 2006 - Is honored by the United Negro College Fund with an award of excellence.
2007 - Wins Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance for "Never Gonna Break My Faith", shared with Mary J Blige.
February 10, 2008 - She is Grammy's 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year.
February 14, 2008 - Receives the NAACP Vanguard Award at the annual Image Awards ceremony.