Mary J. Blige is now an Apollo Legend.
The nine-time Grammy-winning singer and music icon celebrated her induction into the historic theater’s Walk of Fame on Friday in New York City, reports the Huffington Post.
“None of this is possible without the fans, so thank you to all the fans,” she said during Friday’s event in Harlem.
Blige, who has racked up two Oscar nominations for the 2017 film “Mudbound,” also reflected on her first time performing at the famed venue in the early stages of her career.
“My very first time performing here at the Apollo, I was not on stage as myself, I was onstage singing background for Jeff Redd,” she told the crowd, according to a clip from CBS New York. “From there on it was all history.”
The Walk of Fame is located on the sidewalk in front of the theater on 125th Street, which is a popular destination in the neighborhood.
Prior to her induction into Apollo’s Walk of Fame, Blige received an abundance of love from her fans when she celebrated her 50th birthday in January.