The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

Sarah Jessica Parker attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

Sarah Jessica Parker attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

 

New Legends Hall of Fame Inductee Chaka Khan joined on stage by Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Jessica Parker and Erykah Badu. Gala Raises $1.5 million for Non-Profit Theater’s Performing Arts, Education and Community Programs

 

The Apollo Theater, one of the nation’s greatest cultural treasures, held its 8th annual Apollo Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 10, 2013. Tastemakers from both business and entertainment gathered to support the Apollo’s educational programs in New York City, preservation of the non-profit Theater’s unparalleled legacy and its current initiatives for emerging artists.

 

 

Erykah Badu presented Chaka Khan with the Apollo’s highest honor. Emmy Award-winning comedian and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady hosted the evening. The cultural icon joined past inductees including Lionel Ritchie, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald, in the Apollo Legend Hall of Fame. Last night, Ms. Khan was presented with her plaque which will be installed on the Apollo Walk of Fame under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street in Harlem.

 

During the event, several artists took the stage, including Mary J. Blige Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday, Deborah Cox and Alexandra Burke, to honor Ms. Khan and her induction by performing some of her greatest hits. In the evening’s finale, Ms. Holliday, Ms. Burke and Ms. Cox joined onstage for a stunning performance of Ms. Khan’s 1978 classic, “I’m Every Woman.”

Sarah Jessica Parker presented Time Warner, Inc. with its Corporate Award, accepted by CEO Jeff Bewkes in recognition of the company’s generous support of the Apollo. Carol’s Daughter Founder & President Lisa Price received The Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award, named in honor of one of New York City’s legendary leaders and a champion of Harlem and its cultural institutions. This award is given to an individual or group who has demonstrated extraordinary support for and understanding of the value of the arts.

 

 

Among the celebrity attendees were Rosie Perez, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Williams, Debra L. Lee, Ron Perelman and Ana Chapman, Marcus Samuelsson, Wendell Pierce and Tamara Mellon.

 

The evening included the gala concert and awards ceremony, produced by Ron Weisner for Ron Weisner Entertainment, and a post performance party featuring a stylish lounge created by celebrity event planner Bronson van Wyck.

 

Chaka Khan attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka

Chaka Khan attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka

Deborah Cox attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

Deborah Cox attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

Gayle King attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

Gayle King attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

Alexandra Burke attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Alexandra Burke attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Soledad O'Brien attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Soledad O’Brien attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Sarah Jessica Parker attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Sarah Jessica Parker attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Chaka Khan attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Chaka Khan attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Marcus Samuelsson attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Marcus Samuelsson attends The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Wayne Brady & Jonelle Procope attends The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala

Wayne Brady & Jonelle Procope attend The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala

Jonelle Procope & Marcus Samuelsson attend The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala

Jonelle Procope & Marcus Samuelsson attend The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala

Deborah Cox & Wayne Brady attend The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

Deborah Cox & Wayne Brady attend The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert Honoring Chaka Khan

Paul Tudor & Jonelle Procope attend The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala

Paul Tudor & Jonelle Procope attend The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala

Jeff Bewkes & Sarah Jessica Parker attend The Apollo Theater's 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

Jeff Bewkes & Sarah Jessica Parker attend The Apollo Theater’s 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert

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