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Aretha Franklin to receive Rock Hall honor

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The Queen of Soul is adding another honor to her long list of accomplishments.

Aretha Franklin will be honored at the 16th annual American Music Masters series presented this fall by the Rock and Roll Hall of fame + Museum and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The Bloomfield Hills resident is being honored for a 50-plus year recording career that includes 45 Top 40 hits and 20 Grammy Awards, as well as being the first woman inducted into the Rock Hall.

The program runs from Oct. 31-Nov. 5 and will include lectures, interviews, films and educational programs. An all-star tribute concert will be held on Nov. 5 at Cleveland's Playhouse Square State Theater. Franklin will attend the show but is not slated to perform herself. Performer and ticket details will be announced soon, but VIP packages are available by calling the Rock Hall at 216-515-1207.

Previous American Music Masters honorees include Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Janis Joplin, Roy Orbison and Sam Cooke.

In a statement, Franklin said that she is "thrilled and delighted to be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...I'm really looking forward to being there. I'm so happy about what (Atlantic Records and Rock Hall co-founder) Ahmet Ertegun and the Hall of Fame created."

Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart said that Franklin has "set the paradigm for vocalists and performers around the world" and "has also been a great friend and supporter of the Rock Hall...The opportunity to now honor her for her impact on both music and popular culture is unprecedented."

Franklin performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 25) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75. Tickets are $75 and $55 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.rockhall.com

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