Well, not a real doctor, but Ms. Franklin will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Case Western Reserve University on November 5 at the American Music Masters tribute concert.
The concert precedes a weeklong celebration, Lady Soul: the Life and Music of Aretha Franklin, a reflection on Franklin's legacy and contributions to popular music.
Franklin, the first female Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will be honored at Playhouse Square State Theatre (dressed in academic garb) around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Following the special event, other Hall of Fame inductees will take the stage to join in on celebration of the legendary soul singer. Performers include Dennis Edwards of The Temptations and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Chaka Khan.
Franklin, 69, returned to the concert scene this year after surgery for an undisclosed condition.