Aretha Franklin among inductees for Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, May 13 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

In this July 26, 2010 photo, performer Aretha Franklin looks out a window, in Philadelphia.

Matt Rourke, Associated Press

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The queen of soul is taking her place in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Aretha Franklin is one of six people who will be inducted into the Hall on Aug. 14 in Tennessee. She'll be joined by bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, family group The Hoppers, contemporary Christian singer Dallas Holm, the late TV evangelist Rex Humbard and Christian rock band Love Song.

Franklin's gospel roots run deep, starting with her father, who was a prominent Baptist minister. Her 1972 album, "Amazing Grace," has sold more than 2 million copies and is one of the best-selling gospel albums of all time.

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame was established in 1971. More than 150 members have been inducted, including Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley.

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