Singer is only the fourth recipient of award

The “Queen of Soul” will add another jewel to her crown when the NAACP honors Aretha Franklin with its Vanguard prize at the 39th annual Image Awards.

Franklin is only the fourth recipient of the award, which goes to artists whose “groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of social and racial issues,” according to the org. Past winners are helmers Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kramer, as well as musician Prince.

As announced earlier, another Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner, Stevie Wonder, will be recognized at the kudofest. The 25-time Grammy winner is the latest inductee into the org’s hall of fame.

Wonder and Franklin will receive their awards at the Shrine Auditorium on February 14. Telecast for the 39th annual NAACP Image Awards will air live on Fox.

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