January 20, 2009 - Performs "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
February 2010 - Snickers commercial starring Aretha and Liza Minnelli airs for the first time.
July 27, 2010 - Aretha appears on stage with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on piano, in Philadelphia, to raise money for charity. Rice is a classical pianist. They performed individually and together, classical, pop and patriotic selections.
August 1, 2010 - Falls in her home, breaking two ribs. The incident forces her to cancel concert appearances for August.
February 25, 2011 - During an interview with Wendy Williams reveals loss of 85 lbs. The ailment that resulted in surgery in December remains undisclosed and a topic of conversation she dismisses with the comment, "I've left that behind, I'm feeling wonderful."
May 3, 2011 - Releases new album, "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love".