Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin
are to be inducted into the hall of fame at the Apollo Theatre in New York.
Franklin, 68, best known for hits
including I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) and Respect, will attend a ceremony
at the Harlem theatre on 14 June.
Last July, thousands of Jackson
fans remembered the singer at a memorial event at the theatre, where The Jackson
Five first performed in 1967.
Past inductees include Smokey
Robinson, Quincy Jones and James Brown.
Jackson and his brothers won the
Apollo’s Amateur Night contest, a feat which is credited with launching their
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez
and her husband Marc Anthony, meanwhile, are to be presented with the theatre’s
arts and humanitarian award.
The Apollo is celebrating its 75th
anniversary this year.