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Chaka Khan to perform Houston tribute at Apollo

FILE - In a Sunday, April 1, 2012 file photo, singer Chaka Khan joins a rally of support for the family of Trayvon Martin as thousands gather in downtown Miami, demanding justice for Martin. New York's Appollo Theater confirmed Friday, May 18, 2012 that Grammy-award winning singer Khan will perform a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Apollo Theater's gala and awards ceremony. Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the theater's hall of fame during the June 4 gala. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)FILE - In a Sunday, April 1, 2012 file photo, singer Chaka Khan joins a rally of support for the family of Trayvon Martin as thousands gather in downtown Miami, demanding justice for Martin. New York's Appollo Theater confirmed Friday, May 18, 2012 that Grammy-award winning singer Khan will perform a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Apollo Theater's gala and awards ceremony. Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the theater's hall of fame during the June 4 gala. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy award-winning singer Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Apollo Theater's gala and awards ceremony.

The historic Harlem theater confirmed Friday that the "I Feel for You" singer will perform in her friend's memory.

Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the theater's hall of fame during the June 4 gala. Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and songwriter Nick Ashford will also be honored posthumously.

Richie's first Apollo appearance was in the early 1970s. The "Hello" singer says he's thrilled to be chosen for the hall of fame.

James was known for ballads like "At Last." She performed at the Apollo in 1957 and again in the 1960s.

Past inductees include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.