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Singer Aretha Franklin waves while standing to receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree as Chilean author Isabel Allende, left, and former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, right, look on during Harvard commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Singer Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem during Harvard's commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin was presented with an honorary degree during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Former President George H.W. Bush among the honorary degree recipients at Harvard along with Michael Bloomberg and Aretha Franklin. Twitter photo by Jim Mcgrath

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Aretha Franklin waves to graduates at a New York University graduation ceremony Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Aretha Franklin and her son Kecalf Cunningham attend her 72nd birthday celebration on Sunday, March 23, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Aretha Franklin and her son Kecalf Cunningham attend her 72nd birthday celebration on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Aretha Franklin attends her 72nd birthday celebration on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Clive Davis helps Aretha Franklin blow out candles on her cake at her 72nd birthday celebration on Sunday, March 23, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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From left, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin and Denzel Washington attend Aretha's 72nd birthday celebration on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Aretha Franklin and Denzel Washington with Clifton Oliver, rear, attend her 72nd birthday celebration on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)