Newly-engaged soul queen Aretha Franklin is to make her third appearance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana this summer (Jul12).
The singer will be honoured with the event's Power Award before she takes the stage at the 18th annual R&B and soul extravaganza.
Franklin, who last performed at Essence in 2005, will join Mary J. Blige, new mum Fantasia Barrino, Stephanie Mills and Keyshia Cole, among others, on the 2012 bill.