WHO: Honoree: Ana Gabriel
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair Lupita Sanchez-Cornejo
WHAT: Dedication of the 2,707th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording
WHERE: 6623 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Ballet Hollywood
WHEN: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 11:30 A.M. PDT
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly honored the pride of Mexico and popular singer, Ana Gabriel, with the 2,707th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star was dedicated in the category of Recording in front of Ballet Hollywood at 6623 Hollywood Boulevard.
“Ana Gabriel is one of Mexico’s most talented singers and composers and we are proud to include her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her many fans from around the world will be able to visit her star for many years to come,” stated Ana Martinez, Walk of Fame Producer.
Joining Emcee Lupita Sanchez-Cornejo, Vice Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, to unveil the star were former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, Henry Cardenas, CEO of Cardenas Marketing Network and entertainment news journalist Jessica Maldonado.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the popular star ceremonies, encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.
Ana Gabriel is an iconic Mexican singer and composer. She was born on December 10, 1955 in the small town of Guamúchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. Even as a little girl, her family always encouraged her singing and musical ability, staging reenactments of a popular radio show where she would play the first three notes from a song and her family would guess what song it was. She felt a calling to be a singer from a very young age and first performed on stage at age six, singing “Regalo de Dios” by José Alfredo Jiménez.
While in Tijuana she studied accounting and she eventually became a Certified Accountant, but she knew in her heart that music, composing, and singing with her unique voice was in her future. On December 15, 1974 she recorded her first song.
Over the course of her career, Gabriel has released 28 studio albums, three live albums, and 19 compilation albums, selling more than 40 million records worldwide. Three of her albums have reached number one on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart, and seven singles reached number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Ay Amor,” “Es Demasiado Tarde,” and “Quién Como Tú.” Her work earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award nomination, four Latin Grammy Award nominations, thirteen Lo Nuestro Awards, as well as awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In 2006, she received the Excellence Award at the Lo Nuestro Awards.
Ana Gabriel performed at the OTI Festival in 1985, 1986, and 1987. In 1986 wrote and composed “A Tu Lado,” which she then performed at the festival. She won third place in 1987 with an orchestral version of the pop-power ballad song “Búscame,” composed in conjunction with Tony Flores. This version was later released as a single in its album version. It climbed to the top position in Mexico, all-over Ibero-America, and broke records on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart for 14 consecutive weeks.
In 1988 Gabriel released Tierra de Nadie, which was the best-selling album in Latin America, followed by Pecado Original in 1989. The 1989 release of the album Quién Como Tú made her a musical force in Mexico. Her live album En Vivo showcased her powerful stage act and scored several hits including “En la Oscuridad” and “Destino,” which she wrote to honor her grandparents Roberto and Florencia.
Throughout the ‘90s Gabriel released an album almost every year. A versatile singer, she showcased her talent as an interpreter of many different musical styles including mariachi, ranchero, romantic ballads, and pop. She honed her skills as a songwriter and a producer, releasing Mi México, a ranchera-influenced, mariachi-backed pop album in 1991, which is the highest-selling album of her career. The album also included a tribute to Mexico’s most popular singer-songwriter, Juan Gabriel and opened the doors to her career in Europe. Her second live album, Ana Gabriel en la Plaza de Toros México, recorded in 1998, is the second-best-selling album of her career. It features 28 songs all written and performed by Gabriel and was re-released in 2007 with a DVD compilation, which sold over 2 million copies.
In 2009, after a short hiatus, she reinvigorated her career with the release of Renacer: Homenaje a Lucha Villa. According to Rolling Stone Magazine in 2018 she stood “…as the highest-ranking female artist on Billboard’s male-dominated Greatest of All Time Hot Latin Songs Artists list, opening the doors for future female pop titans like Shakira.”
In her self-produced 2016 documentary, La Historia, Gabriel tells a story of people who would incredulously ask her, “You’re going to be a singer?” And she’d always reply “Yes. I am. And I’m going to be very famous.” She credits her parents’ encouragement and her resolute character for the success of her career. Her charisma, passion, love, humility, and her
inner- and- outer beauty have secured her place as one of the best Mexican singers in the world.
As part of her ongoing passion for helping disadvantaged children, Ana Gabriel is involved with the following charities: Moviemiento RAS, Maestro Cares Foundation and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.