Lionel Ritchie will also be inducted at New York ceremony in June

Etta James is to be inducted into the Apollo Theatre’s Hall Of Fame in New York.

Lionel Ritchie will also be honoured at a ceremony for the event in June, reports BBC News.

The pair will join previous inductees including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Patti Labelle.

James passed away in January at the age of 73. She had been suffering from terminal leukemia, kidney disease, hepatitis C and dementia.

The singer was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993 and received six Grammy awards. She released 30 albums during her career.

Raised in Los Angeles, she began singing as a child at church and joined a doo-wop group in her early teens. She joined the Chess Records roster in 1960. She went on to become one of the most respected singers in the soul and blues genres.

Christina Aguilera recently performed a moving version of James’ classic single ‘At Last’ at the singer’s funeral, in Gardena, Los Angeles. You can watch a video of her playing that track by scrolling down and clicking below.

Etta James, 1938-2012 – obituary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO7XywZSZdc