The Apollo Theater will honor the illustrious Prince by placing him on their Walk of Fame.
The highly celebrated musician passed away unexpectedly April 21 and to honor the Minnesota native’s legendary four-decade career as a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger, the Apollo announced last month that Prince’s bronze plaque will be placed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street; joining other honorable stars like Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard and Ella Fitzgerald.
The unveiling took place yesterday at 7 p.m. as an induction ceremony to the Apollo Theater’s 11th annual Spring Gala celebration, a non-profit event with this year’s host LL Cool J and will feature musical performances by the O’Jays, Leon Bridges and Andra Day.
Performing at Prince’s plaque revealing will be saxophonist Maceo Parker, members of Prince’s band The New Power Generation, Prince’s protégé and singer/musician Andy Allo, R&B singer Meli’sa Morgan and Grammy nominee Raheem DeVaughn.
Last month when Prince died, the same marquee lit up with a simple message in his memory: “In Honor of the Beautiful One PRINCE Nothing Compares 2 U.”
Prince first played the Apollo in March 1993, an invitation-only gig with most of the tickets given to Harlem community groups.
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