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Donna Summer Funeral Set for Today; Disco Queen Gets American Idol Tribute and Library of Congress Honor

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Donna Summer will be laid to rest today.

A private funeral is scheduled to be held at a church in Nashville, her family confirms, with about 1,000 invited guests expected to attend.

And later tonight, the disco queen, who passed away last week at the age of 63 following a battle with cancer, will also be remembered during the finale of American Idol.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Season 11 female contestants will pay tribute to Summer by performing her songs as a group alongside the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, Gladys Knight, Nelly Furtado, Sheila E. and Jennifer Holliday.

What's more, finalist Jessica Sanchez will sing with Kristin Chenoweth on the Summer-Barbra Streisand duet "Enough Is Enough."

Meanwhile, it was announced today that Summer's hit tune "I Feel Love" is one of 25 sound recordings to be selected for induction into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Some of the others who are part of this year's class are Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain soundtrack, a 1977 Grateful Dead concert, Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," the song "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton and the soundtrack for the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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