TO REMEMBER A KING: Apollo Legends Hall of Fame
UPDATE June 14, 2010:
Jamie Foxx introduced Michael Jackson’s
induction with tales of his first time seeing the performer,
proclaiming him a true entertainer who didn’t rely on lip-syncing or
autotune to put on a spectacular show. Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry then
performed "Butterflies," bringing chills to the crowd with the power of
performing the song she herself penned for the late R&B legend.
Chris Tucker accept Jackson’s award on behalf of his family and
children. He revealed that Jackson had a playful side, nicknaming him
"Christmas," but was also a generous friend who gave away his own
television after he heard Chris admiring it.
Finally, Donnie McClurkin lead the audience through emotional renditions of "Heal the World" and "Earth Song," backed by a gospel choir.
Ambrosius, Chris Tucker, Danny Glover, Jamie Foxx, Angela Bassett and
Clark King returned to the stage to join Donnie and the audience in
song, while Aretha Franklin filmed the performance on her camera phone
from her private box.
2010 Annual Spring Benefit Concert and Awards Ceremony Monday, June 14, 2010
APOLLO THEATER TO REMEMBER A KING AND CELEBRATE A QUEEN
Hosted by Jamie Foxx,
this year’s Concert & Awards Ceremony will feature the induction of
two royal new honorees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame: the
undisputed King of Pop Michael Jackson, and the one and only Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
The theater is celebrating its 75th anniversary.