Michael Jackson will be posthumously inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame — along with Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin — at the Apollo Theatre’s Annual Spring Benefit. Past inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame include Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Jackson and Franklin will be honored at a ceremony hosted by actor and musician Jamie Foxx. During the June 14 event, Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony with be presented with the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award.
The King of Pop is no stranger to the Apollo, winning the theater’s Amateur Night in 1967 along with his brothers as the Jackson 5. The group’s performance caught the eye of Gladys Knight who spoke of the act to Motown head Berry Gordy, by the following year they would be signed to Motown.
The gala will kick off at 6:30pm with a red carpet event and the awards ceremony will begin at 7:00pm closing the night with a tented after-party at the Apollo Supper Club.