Aretha Franklin Rock & Roll HOF Honors First Woman Ever Inducted

8/16/2018 11:15 AM PDT

Aretha Franklin Honored by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ... and the org has already rolled out a new display to honor the singer. 

Franklin -- who was inducted back in 1987 -- once gifted the HOF a Valentino dress she'd worn at Radio City Music Hall during an appearance in 1979. The Hall put that dress on display as a tribute to the Queen of Soul. 

President and CEO of the Rock Hall, Greg Harris, tells us, "Lady Soul. The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”

Unclear how long the dress will be out ... but it's gonna be one of the first of many tributes to one of the greatest singers of all time.