The Apollo – the soul of American culture and a globally recognized national treasure – will honor nine-time Grammy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige with her induction into the Apollo’s Walk of Fame, on Friday, May 28th at 10:00am in a free, public outdoor event.
Celebrating and honoring the legendary artists who have performed on the world-famous non-profit Theater’s stage over the last 87 years, Ms. Blige joins an iconic line of inductees who have had an enormous influence on generations of musicians, fans, and culture at-large, including Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, Ella Fitzgerald, and most recently, the original Temptations.
Following the success of Ms. Blige’s debut album, What’s the 411?, nearly 30 years ago, she has continued to be a figure of inspiration, transformation, and empowerment, making her one of the defining voices of contemporary music. She first appeared on “Showtime at the Apollo” in 1992 with a performance of “You Remind Me,” and went on to appear on the hit series in 1995 and 2001, and at the Apollo with a sold-out concert of her own in 2002. With eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (and 32 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG nomination, among many other accolades, Ms. Blige has cemented herself as a global superstar. For three decades, the singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.
The induction ceremony will include remarks from Ms. Blige, Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes, Apollo Theater Board Chair Charles Phillips and Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell. Following the remarks, the Apollo will unveil a plaque recognizing Ms. Blige’s cultural significance, international success, and extraordinary longevity in the entertainment business.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect. Remember to wear your facemark and stand at least six-feet apart. This is a public outdoor ceremony that will take place rain or shine.
The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street in Harlem