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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: LL Cool J poses with Walter Williams, Eric Grant and Eddie Levert of The O'Jays during Prince Walk of Fame Induction and 2016 Spring Gala at The Apollo Theater on June 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 13: LL Cool J poses with Walter Williams, Eric Grant and Eddie Levert of The O’Jays during Prince Walk of Fame Induction and 2016 Spring Gala at The Apollo Theater on June 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)

Annual Gala Raised $1.7 Million To Support Apollo Theater’s Programs

LL Cool J was on hand to help raise nearly $2 million for Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater.

The rapper turned actor emceed the event, where newcomers Andra Day and Leon Bridges performed alongside R&B veterans, the O’Jays. The Apollo honored Viacom CEO Philipe Dauman with the Corporate Award for Community Leadership, and DJ D Nice spun a musical tribute to the late “ A Tribe Called Quest” rapper Phife Dawg.

The June 13 gala had a somber note when Apollo executive director Jonelle Procope paused to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting massacre.

“Inclusion and respect for all people is the only war we thrive,” Procope said. “Hate is never the answer.”

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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Nene Leakes was there with her husband, Gregg, along with actor Leon, state NAACP head Dr. Hazel Dukes and Urban League CEO Marc Morial.

Also honored was late icon Prince, who received a star on the Apollo Walk of Fame during a ceremony that afternoon where Me’lisa Morgan and members of his band the New Power Generation performed.

After the show, guests headed to a luxury tent for an after party.

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