Aretha Franklin’s DC Appearances Through the Years

Aretha Franklin was no stranger to Washington D.C. The Queen of Soul made numerous appearances in the nation's capital, from singing at the White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony to being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Take a look back at some of the moments she spent here.

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Aretha Franklin performs during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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Aretha Franklin performs at the International Jazz Day Concert on the South Lawn of the White House on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. The event was presented by actor Morgan Freeman and included remarks by President Obama.
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Singer Aretha Franklin (R) accepts applause as she finishes her performance with U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the MLK National Memorial Project Fund (L) as they attend the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial on the National Mall October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Singer Aretha Franklin performs the National Anthem on the 2003 "NFL Kickoff Live from the National Mall" September 4, 2003 in Washington, DC. The concert featured Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Good Charlotte and Aretha Franklin.
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Singer Aretha Franklin (C) stands with U.S. military personnel as they attend a media conference for the 2003 "NFL Kickoff Live from the National Mall" September 3, 2003 in Washington, DC.
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Aretha L. Franklin and President George W. Bush at the Freedom Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C. on November 9, 2005.
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Aretha Frankiln dances with Eddie Levert during the 2003 BET Walk of Fame to Honor Aretha Franklin at the BET headquarters Studio II Saturday October 18, 2003 in Washington, DC.
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Aretha Franklin performs at the International Jazz Day Concert on the South Lawn of the White House on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. The event was presented by actor Morgan Freeman and included remarks by President Obama.
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Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.
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Aretha Franklin (L) sings America The Beauiful as US President Barack Obama (R), U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder(2ndR) and acting Attorney General Sally Quillian (C) listen during a portrait unveiling ceremony at the Justice Department February 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. The ceremony was held to unveil the Attorney Generals official portrait and commemorate his tenure.
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Aretha Franklin and Herbie Hancock perform at the International Jazz Day Concert on the South Lawn of the White House on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. The event was presented by actor Morgan Freeman and included remarks by President Obama.
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US President Barack Obama fist bumps with singer Aretha Franklin who sung during a farwell ceremony for Attorney General Eric Holder at the Justice Department February 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. The ceremony was held to unveil the Attorney Generals official portrait and commemorate his tenure.
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Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin pose for photographers during the BET Honors 2012 Pre-Honors dinner at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on January 13, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Aretha Franklin performs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and Gala Concert at The Kennedy Center on September 23, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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Clive Davis and Aretha Franklin arrive for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors hosted by United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The 2015 honorees are: singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson.
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Singer Aretha Franklin attends a ceremony for the 2016 Kennedy Center honorees December 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. The honorees include Eagles band members, actor Al Pacino, singer James Taylor, pianist Martha Argerich and singer Mavis Staples.
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Singer Britney Spears stands with her grandfather and singer Aretha Franklin after aattending a media conference for the 2003 'NFL Kickoff Live from the National Mall' September 3, 2003 in Washington, DC.
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Singer Aretha Franklin attends the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Singer Aretha Franklin attends the Atlantic Media's 2016 White House Correspondents' Association Pre-Dinner Reception at Washington Hilton on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin and Isiah Thomas arrive at the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on December 4, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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