by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
The sixth Annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert that will be honoring Stevie Wonder as the newest inductee of the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame will be held tonight. According to Black Star News, “the benefit supports the preservation of the non-profit theater’s unparalleled legacy, its current initiatives for emerging artists, and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond.” The event will be hosted by none other than Sinbad, a former Showtime at the Apollo host. Commenting on the honor of being the host, he says:
“I am proud to be hosting this outstanding evening honoring two ‘Wonders of the World’: the great Stevie Wonder and the legendary Apollo Theater. In many ways, hosting this event is like going full circle in my career. There isn’t a person in my time up to now that didn’t want to be Stevie Wonder. Getting to meet and hang with Stevie over the years—as well as hosting Showtime at the Apollo for two years—were milestones in my life.”
There will be performances from surprise guests such as Yolanda Adams, Melanie Fiona, Paul Schaffer, Wyclef Jean, Raphael Saadiq, and Chick Corea among others. At the end of this night of musical fanfare, Stevie Wonder will join artists such as Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, and Gladys Knight in the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. Wonder’s name will be etched on a plaque and stand alongside the others on the Apollo Walk of Fame under the theater’s legendary marquee on 125th Street in Harlem.
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