- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For one night, Aretha Franklin was the queen of gospel, not just soul.

Miss Franklin on Tuesday was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame along with country and bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, singer-songwriter Dallas Holm, family group the Hoppers, the late televangelist Rex Humbard and Christian rockers Love Song.

Miss Franklin couldn’t attend the induction at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, Tenn., but sent a video message played during the ceremony.

Long before she became the queen of soul, Miss Franklin learned to perform as a budding star in her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin’s New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

Christian stars Jaci Velasquez and Jason Crabb, who performed Miss Skagg’s signature song, “Somebody’s Prayin’,” hosted the event. Dailey & Vincent and Michael W. Smith were among presenters.



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