Aretha Franklin To Receive First-Ever Billboard Icon Award

4 December 2014, 10:51 | Updated: 4 December 2014, 11:28

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is set to receive the first-ever Billboard Women in Music Icon Award.

Billboard has announced that music diva and all-round legend Aretha Franklin is the recipient of the first-ever Billboard Women in Music Icon Award.

Franklin will accept the award at the Billboard Women in Music Awards on December 12 in New York City.

The Icon award exemplifies lifetime achievement for a female artist whose career has had a lasting impact to the music industry.

READ MORE: Aretha Franklin's Best Songs Playlist

The announcement comes weeks after Franklin became the first woman to achieve 100 hits on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart since 1958 thanks to her cover of Adele's ‘Rolling in the Deep’.

Congratulations Aretha – very well deserved!

Watch Franklin’s version of ‘Rolling In The Deep’: