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Etta James and Lionel Ritchie set for Apollo honour

Etta James, Lionel Ritchie
Image caption Etta James will be inducted in a lavish ceremony into the Apollo Hall of Fame

Singer Etta James and singer-songwriter Lionel Ritchie will be inducted into the Apollo Theatre's Hall of Fame in New York.

A ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem venue in June.

The pair will join past Apollo Hall of Fame inductees including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Patti Labelle.

James died at the age of 73 in January after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Her last album, The Dreamer, was released three months before her death.

Richie performed with The Commodores at the Apollo in the 1970s.

His solo hits include All Night Long and Hello.

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