Lionel Richie, Etta James To Be Inducted To Apollo Theater’s Hall Of Fame

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Photos by Jason Merritt and Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Photos by Jason Merritt and Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The newest inductees to the iconic Apollo Theater’s Hall Of Fame will include singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lionel Richie[/lastfm] and a posthumous induction of the late Etta James. The two performers will be honored for their accomplishments in music in a ceremony held at the historic Harlem Theater in June.

The renowned Apollo Hall of Fame in New York City has inducted acts and music industry figures like Gladys Knight and the Pips, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and more. Two more prestigious acts will join the rest of the honorees in a ceremony held on June 4th.

Lionel Richie will be celebrated not only for his solo work over the years, but also for his work singing in the hit group, The Commodores, throughout the ’60s and ’70s. He’s churned 42 hit solo singles like “All Night Long,” “Hello” and “Endless Love,” with five reaching the top of the charts. Richie even performed with the Commodores at the Apollo in the ’70s.

Etta James is receiving the posthumous induction to the hall of fame for her diverse range of jazz, blues, rock and R&B genres, and her profound influence she had in music. Her signature song “At Last” remains one of the most memorable soul hits in history. She performed at the Apollo Theater twice during her career in 1957 and again in the 1960s.

James released her last album The Dreamer in the fall of 2011, just three months before her death on Jan. 20 at the age of 73.

[Source: Billboard]

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