The Apollo Theater is expanding its hall of fame to add the talents of Etta James and Lionel Richie. At this year’s Spring Gala, they will be honored with a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the theater’s marquee.
James is best known for her timeless hits such as “At Last” and “Trust In Me” that showcased her jazz/blues vocal style. Over her career, she collected six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. James died on Jan. 20 after her battle with leukemia. She was 73.
Richie began his career in the late 60s with the Commodores, delivering hits such as “Brick House” and “Three Times A Lady.” He continued on as a successful solo artist and songwriter.
The pair will join past inductees that include Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and more.
The ceremony will take place at the historic theater in Harlem on June 4.