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1. She Performed At The Super Bowl Show After Calling The NFL Out
In 2006, after Franklin rightfully pointed out that no Motown artists were invited to the Detroit Super Bowl halftime show, the NFL asked her to sing the National Anthem. 

"I didn't think there was enough (Detroit representation) by any means. And it was my feeling: `How dare you come to Detroit, a city of legends — musical legends plural — and not ask one or two of them to participate,"' Franklin told The Associated Press. "That's not the way it should be. Of course, they made that correction with no sweat."

Motown legend Stevie Wonder was invited to play before the game, and Franklin sang the anthem with a 150-member choir, accompanied by New Orleans legends Aaron Neville and Dr. John.