Usher And Babyface To Be Honored At The Apollo’s Spring Benefit

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ACCRA, GHANA – SEPTEMBER 24: Usher performs on stage during Global Citizen Festival 2022: Accra on September 24, 2022 in Accra, Ghana. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

The Apollo Theater is gearing up to celebrate its 90th anniversary in grand style with the annual Spring Benefit on June 11. This year’s event promises to be particularly special as it pays tribute to two music icons: Usher and Babyface.

On this momentous occasion, Babyface will be bestowed with the inaugural Legacy Award, a testament to his remarkable contributions to the music industry. Reflecting on this honor, he remarked, “I am humbled to receive the inaugural Legacy Award.”

Meanwhile, Usher will be recognized with the prestigious Icon Award, acknowledging his status as a multi-platinum global superstar. Expressing his gratitude, Usher stated, “It’s an honor to be receiving this award from such an iconic and historic cultural institution.”

A Night of Celebration at The Apollo

The Spring Benefit promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with performances and tributes to these cultural icons. Special appearances by Big Daddy Kane and music direction by Adam Blackstone ensure an electrifying atmosphere.

Michelle Ebanks, President & CEO of The Apollo, expressed her excitement about the event, stating, “It will be an unforgettable evening of performances and a time to honor our cultural icons.”

The Apollo’s commitment to nurturing artists and fostering education remains unwavering as it celebrates its 90th anniversary. The induction of Babyface into The Apollo Walk of Fame further solidifies his place among esteemed luminaries who have graced the legendary stage.

In addition to honoring past legends, The Apollo continues to support emerging artists and push the boundaries of artistic expression. From music and dance to theater and film, The Apollo remains a beacon of creativity and innovation.

Proceeds from the Spring Benefit will support The Apollo’s year-round artistic, education, and community programs. By investing in these initiatives, The Apollo reaffirms its dedication to amplifying the African American narrative through arts and culture.

Join the Celebration

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this historic celebration. Tickets for the Spring Benefit start at $1,750 and can be purchased online. With red carpet arrivals, a star-studded concert, and a legendary afterparty, it’s an evening not to be missed.

As The Apollo continues to unveil its lineup of special honorees and performers, stay tuned for more exciting announcements. Follow The Apollo on social media and visit their website for the latest updates.

Since its founding, The Apollo has played a pivotal role in shaping American culture and launching artists’ careers. As The Apollo looks towards the future, it remains committed to its mission of celebrating and extending its legacy. With the opening of The Apollo Stages at The Victoria, the organization embarks on a new chapter.