Mary J. Blige has been inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame
On Friday in New York City
, the nine-time Grammy-winning singer and music
icon was inducted into the historic theater's Walk of Fame.
“None of this would be possible without the fans
, so thank you to everyone,” she said at a Harlem
event on Friday, according to the New York Daily News
Blige, who has two Oscar nominations for her work
in the 2017 film "Mudbound," also reflected on her first performance at the famed venue in the early stages of her career.
“My very first time performing here at the Apollo, I was not onstage as myself; I was onstage singing background for Jeff Redd,” she told the audience, according to a CBS New York clip, adding, “From there on it was all history.”
In a series of tweets on Friday, the Apollo Theater
account congratulated Blige.
One tweet read, “The legendary @maryjblige, the QUEEN OF HIP HOP SOUL, is now officially an #ApolloLegend!!”
#HarlemWorld, we THANK YOU for showing REAL LOVE and bringing family affair vibes to the original UPTOWN girl at this morning's #ApolloWalkOfFame Induction! pic.twitter.com/6Rbsus8VPD — apollotheater (@ApolloTheater) May 28, 2021
In 2010, the Apollo Theater, a New York City institution with a long history of highlighting and celebrating Black artists and performers since the 1930s, began the installation of plaques honoring famous entertainers on its Walk of Fame.
The Walk of Fame is located on the sidewalk in front of the theater on 125th Street, which is a popular neighborhood destination.
Prior to being inducted into Apollo's Walk of Fame, Blige received an outpouring of love from her fans when she turned 50 in January.
Fans of the "Real Love" singer took to Twitter to share their favorite songs by the artist, who released her debut album, "What's the 411," in 1992.
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