*The Apollo Theater is gearing up for the 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert. This year, legendary singer and diva, Chaka Khan will be honored and the event will be hosted Wayne Brady.
Chaka will be inducted into the “Apollo Legends Hall of Fame” on Monday, June 10, 2013 in celebration of her 40th anniversary in the music business and Erykah Badu will be there to give her the award.
Special tribute performances will include dedication to the iconic singer by Apollo Legend Patti LaBelle, the incomparable Mary J. Blige, Tony award winner Jennifer Holliday, and 2008 X Factor winner (UK) Alexandra Burke.
Proceeds from the Spring Gala support the Apollo’s year-round world-class performing arts events, innovative education initiatives, and meaningful community programs, which honor the influence and advance the contributions of African-American artists and emerging creative voices.
Chaka Khan joins past Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductees—all legendary musicians, artists, and entertainers whose paths to fame included the Apollo—Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald. Each Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductee is honored with a plaque in the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street.
“I am honored that the Apollo is inducting me into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame,” says Khan. “The Apollo Theater is an American institution and is world-renowned for developing, nurturing, and creating talent for decades. The Apollo Theater has supported my career and now they are a part of honoring my legacy. I am looking forward to the celebration.”