R&B icon Smokey Robinson along with actor Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta celebrated their achievements at New York City's Apollo Theater Spring Benefit on Monday (June 2).

The Apollo Theater Foundation inducted Robinson into the Apollo Legends Hall
of Fame while the Washington's garnered the Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award.

Robinson joined fellow Hall of Fame honorees like James Brown and Gladys Knight, to which he said, "I grew up in the Apollo and I remember when The Miracles first came."

"I was terrified but it was an awesome experience," he added. "I hope that they never ever tear down this theater."

Denzel and Pauletta Washington were very gracious in receiving accolades for their work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where the actor is the national spokesperson.

"I grew up on the south side of Mount Vernon, New York," shared Washington,
who thanked Dee for her example. "As a child my mom used to drive us past Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis' house in New Rochelle because they were our royalty."

India.Arie, Nnenna Freelon, Terrence Howard, Janet Jackson, Earth, Wind &
Fire and Ashford & Simpson were among the performers and presenters for the
evening, which was hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes. Ruby Dee, Reverend Al
Sharpton, Uptown Magazine's Co-CEO Len Burnett, Congressman Charles B.
Rangel, former Time Warner Chairman and CEO Richard Parsons and actress S.
Epatha Merkerson were among the attendees.

The event raised $1.3 million for the Apollo Theater Foundation.