15 Stars Who Started Their Careers At The Apollo (PHOTOS)

PHOTOS: 15 Stars Who Started Their Careers At The Apollo

The world famous Apollo Theater is an iconic landmark that has been credited with launching a plethora of black entertainers' careers through the years. Since opening in 1934, the prestigious Harlem establishment has hosted its ‘Amateur Night’ weekly showcase highlighting budding entertainers vying for stardom.

And though, countless legendary performers such as, Ella Fitzgerald, went on to win the Wednesday night competition, other future stars including Lauryn Hill and comedian Dave Chappelle have been famously boo’ed off the stage by patrons.

In honor of the theater’s 80th anniversary and Black History Month we decided to take a look at xx amateurs whose talent made the Apollo's motto “Where Stars Are Born & Legends Are Made,” a reality.

Billie Holiday

Apollo Theater Legends