The Apollo – the soul of American culture and a globally recognized national treasure – honored nine-time Grammy Award-winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige, who was inducted into the Apollo’s Walk of Fame on Friday morning, May 28, 20021. The Walk of Fame celebrates and honors the legendary artists who performed on the world-famous nonprofit theater’s stage over the last 87 years, Ms. Blige joins iconic inductees including Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, Ella Fitzgerald, and most recently, the original Temptations.
Following the success of her debut album, What’s the 411?, nearly 30 years ago, Ms. Blige has continued to be a figure of inspiration, transformation, and empowerment, making her one of the defining voices of contemporary music. She first appeared on Showtime at the Apollo in 1992 with a performance of “You Remind Me,” and went on to appear on the hit series in 1995 and 2001, and at the Apollo with a sold-out concert of her own in 2002. With eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (and 32 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG nomination among many other accolades, Ms. Blige has cemented herself as a global superstar.
The permanent plaque recognizing Ms. Blige’s cultural significance, international success, and extraordinary longevity in the entertainment business was unveiled during the ceremony.