The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem theater. Richie and James join past Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductees Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and James Brown.
Richie is a multi-award winning artist who performed at the Apollo in the 1970s with The Commodores.
James' versatile style included blues, soul, jazz, R&B and rock. She's known for her ballad, "At Last." Her last album was released just three months before her death on January 20. She was 73.