Harlem — Prince Rogers Nelson, who passed away on April 21, 2016, was inducted into the Apollo Walk of Fame at their 11th Annual Spring Gala, Monday. The Walk of Fame ceremony took place under the Apollo’s famed marquee.
The Minnesota native received a coveted spot on 125th St. in Harlem to commemorate his brilliant four-decade career as singer, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger.
For this year’s gala, the Apollo Theater honored Viacom with the annual Corporate Award accepted by executive chairman, president and CEO Philippe Dauman. The concert portion of the evening featured performances by The O’Jays, Les Twins, and breakthrough stars Andra Day and Leon Bridges. It was hosted by LL Cool J.
An added treat, legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker, members of Prince’s renowned band The New Power Generation, Prince’s protégé and singer/musician Andy Allo, R&B singer Meli’sa Morgan and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Raheem DeVaughn and an impersonator also performed and paid tribute to him at a ceremony outside the landmark venue in Harlem.
It’s the latest posthumous honor bestowed on Prince, who was known to shy away from the spotlight and twice turned down a spot on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.