*New York’s Apollo Theater began laying down its own Walk of Fame today with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson.

The famous Harlem venue had been celebrating its own Hall of Fame list of legends every year, but on Monday began installing bronze rectangular plaques on the sidewalk outside the theater – with Smokey Robinson and Ella Fitzgerald joining Brown and Jackson among the honorees.

Ella Fitzgerald

“I started out at the Apollo and it will always be a home to me,” Robinson, 70, said in a statement on being named in the first group to have plaques installed. “For me to have a plaque honoring me in front of the Apollo Theater is one of the proudest achievements in my life.”

Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin plaques will be laid down when their names are inducted into the theater’s Hall of Fame next month.

In recent years, the theater has served as a place for thousands of fans to honor both Jackson and James Brown after they died.