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Chicago Gospel Music Festival plans Aretha Franklin tribute

April 19, 2019 GMT
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. Franklin is still getting R.E.S.P.E.C.T. after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, April 15, 2019, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. Franklin is still getting R.E.S.P.E.C.T. after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, April 15, 2019, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival will include a tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin .

The 2019 festival runs May 31 to June 1 in Chicago’s lakefront Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said Thursday the first night will feature local and national artists honoring Franklin with a program called “Amazing Grace.” Franklin died Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer at age 76.

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This year also will feature a new partnership with the Stellar Gospel Music Awards that will feature award-winning artists.

Other performers at the two-day festival will include Hezekiah Walker, Koryn Hawthorn, Tasha Page Lockhart and Anthony Brown.

Chicago is considered the birthplace of gospel music. Admission to the festival is free.