In front of the Fonda Theater June 28, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the 2017 honorees to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Among the hundreds of nominations received by the commerce, less than 40 names were chosen to receive a star in 2017. Though the names were announced, dates for the recipients’ ceremonies were not readily available, but will be once they are published on the official Walk of Fame website. Among the honorees for motion pictures, television, radio and live theatre, Vin Di Bona, chair of the 2016-2017 Walk of Fame selection committee, announced the honorees in the recording category.
“The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is thrilled to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” Di Bona said, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website. “As a Walk of Famer myself, I know these honorees will look back at the day of their ceremony and remember it with fond memories shared with family and friends, and of course, the fans. We look forward to their big day as the Walk of Fame Class of 2017 become part of Hollywood history on this famous Walk,”
For 2017–in alphabetical order–Clarence Avant, Jerry Goldsmith, Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, *NSYNC, New Edition and Selena Quintanilla will all be receiving awards, with Goldsmith and Selena receiving theirs posthumously.
Here are some of the new recipients:
More than 20 years after her passing, the singer best known for her songs “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Dreaming of You” will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Selena was the first Tejano, a Mexican-American resident of Texas, to win a Grammy Award with her 1993 album, Live!. Her career was cut short after the founder of the Selena fan club, who also became close friends with the Quintanilla family, Yolanda Saldívar, purchased a gun and murdered Selena in a motel room. Her death received widespread attention as she was an international icon and extremely popular among the latino communities worldwide. An aftereffect of her death was the creation of “Selena Day” in Texas, which falls on the late singer’s birthday every year.
Selena’s star will be received posthumously.
Though having spent the past couple of years more in movies roles than his music, the career of former N.W.A.-member Ice Cube is nothing short of illustrious.
Having gotten his first big break in music with the rap group N.W.A., Ice Cube–born O’Shea Jackson–made the most of that opportunity, eventually branching off into a solo career. Cube’s career with N.W.A. was short lived after a falling out with the group, as documented by the movie “Straight Outta Compton,” with whom he did a lot for with a lack of compensation. He left the group in 1989 and started what would become a successful solo career. He’s released nine albums, six of those have been certified RIAA platinum.
To continue adding to his résumé, Cube has also acted in more than 30 films and helped write and direct many others. More recently, N.W.A. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Known to many as the “Godfather of Black Music,” Clarence Avant is a music executive and an influential hand in the progression of to what music is seen as today.
The North Carolina-born Avant helped was once the chairman of the board of Motown Records. A short time later he was the first African-American to be on the International Management Board for Polygram.
Avant had his place with many different companies and during his time with each, he left a mark. Most notably, he helped launch or guide the careers of many different “entertainment stars including, Quincy Jones, Bill Withers, Dennis Coffey, The Presidents, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.”
[H/T Billboard] [via Hollywood Chamber of Commerce]