Glen Ballard

glenballardWHO | HONOREE            Glen Ballard

EMCEE                                 Steve Nissen, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President & CEO

GUEST SPEAKERS           Pop Group Wilson Phillips (Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson & Chynna Phillips) and Performer Roger Bart (Back to the Future: The Musical)

WHAT                                  Dedication of the 2,784th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                                 Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 11:30 AM PT

WHERE                                6253 Hollywood Boulevard

WATCH LIVE                   The event will be streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com

 

Songwriter and producer Glen Ballard will be honored with the 2,784th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, July 11, at 11:30 am PT at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard. Ballard will receive the star in the category of Recording. Joining emcee Steve Nissen will be Wilson Phillips and Roger Bart.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and worldwide have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

 

ABOUT OUR HONOREE

“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor songwriter and producer Glen Ballard with a star on the Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “His exceptional talent has left a huge mark on the music industry,” added Martinez.

Six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard is one of popular music’s most accomplished producers and songwriters whose records have sold more than one hundred and fifty million copies worldwide. In 2023, Ballard was selected to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Ballard produced and co-wrote Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, (33 million worldwide) and in 2019 a musical Jagged Little Pill featuring all the songs from the album debuted on Broadway.  Ballard has written and produced songs for Wilson Phillips, Dave Matthews, Christina Aguilera, George Strait, Josh Groban, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Shakira, Katy Perry, Van Halen, Chaka Khan, Andrea Bocelli, Ringo Starr, George Benson, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Idina Menzel, and many more.  His production credits include producing and arranging records for Annie Lennox, No Doubt and P.O.D. Key songs in the Ballard catalog include “Man in the Mirror” for Michael Jackson which he co-wrote and arranged, “You Oughta Know,” “Hold On,” “The Voice Within,” “The Space Between” and “Believe” for the feature film The Polar Express.

Through his Los Angeles-based production company, Augury, Ballard is developing a diverse slate of projects in which music plays a central role. His most recent television project is the Netflix Original series The Eddy, a music-driven multicultural drama that debuted in 2020 about a jazz band trying to survive in chaotic modern-day Paris. Ballard wrote and composed original songs and music for the limited series and served as an executive producer alongside Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, BAFTA and Tony award-winning writer Jack Thorne, and Emmy-winning producer/director Alan Poul. Ballard wrote original lyrics and music for GHOST the Musical, which debuted in 2011 and has since been touring worldwide.

Ballard’s international production company, Augury is a producer of the stage adaptation of 1985’s Back to the Future, having worked on the project’s development for more than 14 years.  In collaboration with Grammy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated film composer Alan Silvestri, Ballard created original music and lyrics for the production, which includes 17 new songs and is directed by John Rando.  The show first opened in Manchester, UK at the Opera House in March 2020. Back to the Future: The Musical began its debut in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre.  The show was nominated for seven 2022 Olivier Awards, including Best Original Score, and won Best New Musical.  It is also the winner of four 2022 WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical. Back to the Future: The Musical is now playing on Broadway where it opened in August 2023 at the Winter Garden Theatre, and continues its run there, in the West End, and on a US tour.

Ballard was born in Natchez, Mississippi.  He began writing songs and performing in local bands in Natchez in his early years and studied literature at Ole Miss before coming to Hollywood.  He worked for Elton John and later Quincy Jones in his first decade in Los Angeles, becoming a staff songwriter at Universal and later became one of music’s most sought-after producers/songwriters.

Ballard is a supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Photo: Erik Melvin

 

 

Jenni Rivera

jenniriveraWHO | HONOREE   The Late Jenni Rivera

EMCEE                       Entertainment news correspondent Jessica Maldonado

GUEST SPEAKERS  Singer Gloria Trevi.  Accepting the star will be the children of Jenni Rivera: Jacqie, Johnny, Chiquis, Jenicka, and Michael

WHAT                        Dedication of the 2,783rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                        Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE                      1750 N. Vine Street, in front of Capitol Records

WATCH LIVE            The event was streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com

 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored the late Jenni Rivera with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Rivera was honored with the 2,783rd star, in front of Capitol Records at 1750 N. Vine Street. Rivera’s star was dedicated in the category of Recording.  Joining emcee Jessica Maldonado as speaker was performer Gloria Trevi.  Accepting the star were Rivera’s children: Jacqie, Johnny, Chiquis, Jenicka, and Michael.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and worldwide have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

ABOUT OUR HONOREE

“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor the legendary Jenni Rivera with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Walk of Fame Producer. “Jenni’s star represents not only her incredible achievements as an artist, but also her resilience, courage, and unwavering spirit that continue to inspire her fans around the world,” added Martinez.

Known worldwide as “La Diva de la Banda”, Jenni Rivera is an icon, singer-songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, Mexican music phenomenon, and mother, whose legacy in music lives on through the Jenni Rivera Estate led by her children.  Without a doubt, Jenni Rivera impacted, influenced, and inspired an entire generation of regional Mexican music and culture. She remains “one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all-time” with millions of records sold.

Born Dolores Janney “Jenni” Rivera Saavedra to immigrant parents in Long Beach, California, she gravitated towards music, launching her career in 1992. Getting real, her songs spoke on topics ranging from relationships to societal ills, resonating with fans worldwide. Throughout her career, she notably received the Premio Lo Nuestro for “Best Female Artist of Regional Mexican Music” 9 consecutive times (18 Premios Lo Nuestro in total), 2 Billboard Awards, 22 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and 4 Latin GRAMMY® nominations, among others. In 2008, the blockbuster album Jenni became her first #1 debut on the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart. Her legendary catalog consists of multi-platinum #1 albums such as Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida; La Gran Señora; and Joyas Prestadas. She was also powered by hits like “Inolvidable”, and “Ya Lo Sé”.

In May 2013, after Rivera’s passing, the GRAMMY® Museum dedicated an exhibit to Jenni, enshrining her as “the first Latino artist with a dedicated exhibit at the museum.” The City of Long Beach opened the Jenni Rivera Memorial Park in 2016, and the Los Angeles City Council has deemed August 6 “Jenni Rivera Day.”

Eleven years after the eternal Diva de la Banda passed away, producers Sergio Lizárraga and Pavel Ocampo, released Rivera’s posthumous album Misión Cumplida, which includes eight unreleased songs that have achieved RIAA Gold Certification for sales in the United States. The song “Pedacito de Mí” hit the No. 1 spot on the Popular Radio Chart in Mexico, while the hit “El Que Hoy Está en Tu Lugar” ranked in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart for several consecutive weeks, reflecting the unwavering support of “La Diva de la Banda” fans. Thanks to the undisputed success of the album, Jenni Rivera’s Estate released the vinyl record of Misión Cumplida, which offered audiences a new experience to enjoy the music of the “Eternal Diva de la Banda”.

Recently, Rivera’s voice once again took the digital platforms by storm with the release of a new version for “Que Me Entierren Cantando” alongside her brother Lupillo Rivera. The song has a special meaning as it shows the immense talent and emotional bond shared between brother and sister.

Prior to the album launch, Jenni Rivera’s estate released several tracks that went viral and received multiple certifications. In 2019, they released “Aparentemente Bien”, which was certified platinum and trended at #1 in the United States. In 2020, “Engañémoslo” was certified gold, and in 2021, “Motivos” was released in two versions: Banda & Mariachi. Without a doubt, Rivera has left a lot of music for her fans to enjoy.

Rivera’s five children continue to carry on her legacy by managing and operating Rivera’s foundation for helping domestic abuse victims. Following the realization of her own experience as a domestic violence survivor, the family established the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation. The foundation provides services to single mothers and victims of both domestic and sexual abuse, continuing its mission of service today. In May 2016, the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, in alliance with New Life Beginnings, inaugurated “Jenni’s Refuge”, a shelter for women and children in Long Beach, California.

Movies, tribute concerts, and documentaries will continue to commemorate Jenni’s legacy and extend it into a new era. Jenni’s spirit lives on forever in her art, and her work continues to change lives.

As Rivera’s estate prepares to release more commemorative projects, Jenni’s spirit continues to inspire and uplift audiences worldwide. Her indelible mark on music and culture ensures that her legacy will endure for generations to come.

Richard Blade

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WHO | HONOREE   Richard Blade

GUEST SPEAKERS   Walk of Famer Jimmy Kimmel and Richard Blade Fan Club Coordinator Oscar E. Alvarez Jr.

WHAT                        Dedication of the 2,782nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                        Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM PT -NOTE SPECIAL TIME

WHERE                      1725 Vine Street, adjacent to The Aster

WATCH LIVE            The event was streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com 

 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored legendary radio personality Richard Blade with the 2,782nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, June 6, at 11:00 am PT at 1725 Vine Street. Blade received his star in the category of Radio. Speakers were Walk of Famer Jimmy Kimmel and Richard Blade Fan Club Coordinator Oscar E. Alvarez, Jr.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and worldwide have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

ABOUT OUR HONOREE 

“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor radio personality Richard Blade with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Walk of Fame Producer. “Richard has enriched many lives with his incredible talent and passion for music. This ceremony will bring back great memories and music from the 1980s when he was with Los Angeles radio station, KROQ. What makes this award even more special for Richard is that he was nominated by his fans!” added Martinez.

Richard Blade is one of the most popular and best-known DJs in America and hosts a daily radio show on both SiriusXM 1st Wave Ch. 33 and KCBS.

Blade is also the best-selling author of “World In My Eyes”, his autobiography, published in 2017, and four novels: “SPQR”, “Birthright”, “Imposters”, and “Ghosts of the Congo”, all of which made #1 on Amazon’s best-seller lists. Blade also has two non-fiction music books, “The Lockdown Interviews” and “The Unlocked Interviews”, both of which debuted at #1 on Amazon’s music publications list and feature conversations with music’s biggest stars during the pandemic. His latest novel, “Slapton Sands”, will be released on June 6th– the 80th anniversary of D-Day– and is inspired by the true story of the disaster that befell the American soldiers training in England for D-Day.

Blade was born in England, educated at Oxford, and after touring Europe for two years as a DJ, moved to the United States. In the 1980s, he was the top-rated morning-drive DJ on KROQ in Los Angeles and hosted and directed numerous TV shows and series including Video One, MV3, and VideoBeat.

He has won numerous awards, including The Golden Microphone, California’s Best DJ, the Brit-of-the-Year, and the American DJ Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was   awarded last June 9th with a special resolution proclaiming Richard Blade Day in Los Angeles   by the L.A. City Council, for his contributions to music and entertainment.

Blade has also appeared in many Network TV series and starred or co-starred in several feature films, including Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Spellcaster, and Long Lost Son, which he also wrote.

Blade is a supporter of Best Friends Animal Society and the L.A. Mission.

He currently lives in L.A. with his wife, Krista, and their two dogs. He travels extensively as he continues to DJ live and is in high demand as a speaker and host at events around the world.

Chris Hemsworth

chrishemsworthWHO | HONOREE  Chris Hemsworth                 

EMCEE                    Walk of Famer and iHeart Media Personality Ellen K

GUEST SPEAKERS  Filmmaker George Miller and Actor Robert Downey, Jr.

WHAT                     Dedication of the 2,781st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                     Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 11:30 AM PT

WHERE                   6819 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Ovation Hollywood

WATCH LIVE          The event was streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com

Actor Chris Hemsworth was honored with the 2,781st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, May 23, at 11:30 am PT at 6819 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Ovation Hollywood. Hemsworth received his star in the category of Motion Pictures. Joining emcee Ellen K as speakers were filmmaker George Miller and actor Robert Downey, Jr.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and around the world have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

 

ABOUT OUR HONOREE

“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor Chris Hemsworth with a well-deserved star. Chris is known for his remarkable performances that have captivated audiences worldwide,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Along with his many fans, I am sure his fellow Australians will be so happy to know that we are adding another talented Aussie to our iconic Walk of Fame,” added Martinez.

Chris Hemsworth is one of the most popular and sought-after actors in Hollywood. After his massive success in the Marvel Universe franchise, Hemsworth teamed up with the Russo Brothers yet again for the Netflix original film Extraction, making history for the streaming service. Bringing in 99 million viewers within the first four weeks alone, the film became the most-watched original movie the streaming service had ever seen. Of the six Marvel and Global Avengers franchise films Hemsworth has starred in, Avengers: Endgameremains one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, accumulating over 2.7 billion dollars worldwide. Introduced as ‘Thor’ in the 2011 eponymous film directed by Kenneth Branagh, Hemsworth continued his legacy in Thor: Ragnarok andThor: Love and Thunderwith director Taika Waititi, and in the later film starred alongside an incredible cast including Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pratt, Russell Crowe, and Matt Damon.

Most recently, Hemsworth was seen reprising his role as mercenary Tyler Rake in Extraction 2. The film was directed by Sam Hargrave and produced by Hemsworth’s multiplatform production company Wild State, which he launched in 2022 with producing partner Ben Grayson. Hemsworth also teamed up with Darren Aronofsky for the Disney+ Original series from National Geographic, Limitless with Chris Hemsworth. The six-episode season was also part of Hemsworth’s first look deal through Wild State. Serving as both producer and star, the series tested Hemsworth’s ability to push the limits of the human body, exploring the latest scientific research into health longevity. In February of this year, Limitless with Chris Hemsworth was renewed for a second season, for which he recently wrapped production. Hemsworth will next be seen in the highly anticipated George Miller Mad Max prequel, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, for Warner Bros. He stars alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in the film which is set to release nationally on May 24th.

Born and raised in Australia, where he began his acting career, Hemsworth made his U.S. feature film debut in J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster Star Trek,playing the pivotal role of George Kirk. Hemsworth’s multifaceted career includes lead roles in Spiderhead; Snow White and the Huntsman, opposite Charlize Theron; the prequel, The Huntsman: Winter’s War; and Men in Black: International. Hemsworth flexed his comedic muscles in Ghostbusters and Vacation. He starred in Ron Howard’s true-life drama Rush,portraying famed Formula One driver James Hunt, and collaborated with him again on the drama In the Heart of the Sea.He also had starring roles in 12 Strong and Bad Times at the El Royale.

As a respected figure in the health and fitness realm, Hemsworth launched CENTR, a personalized digital health and fitness program, in February 2019. The app brings the best hand-picked team of internationally renowned experts, including elite trainers, celebrity chefs, meditation teachers, and well-being mentors, to help users achieve their ultimate fitness goals.

An active philanthropist, Hemsworth supports the Australian Childhood Foundation and is passionate about ocean conservation.

 

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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WHO | HONOREE   Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

EMCEE                       Marc Malkin, Variety/Senior Editor, Culture & Events

GUEST SPEAKERS   Irving Azoff

WHAT                        Dedication of the 2,780th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                        Friday, May 3, 2024 at 11:30 AM PT

WHERE                      6150 Hollywood Boulevard

WATCH LIVE            The event was streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com 

 

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons were honored today with the 2,780th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6150 Hollywood Boulevard. The group was honored with a star in the category of Recording. Frankie Valli accepted the star on behalf of Bob Gaudio who was not able to attend and the late Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.

Bob Gaudio sent a message accepting the honor and it read: “When I was a kid, playing in a band was a dream. Having a show on Broadway was a bigger dream and now, a star on Hollywood Boulevard! Come on! ‘Only in America’ is an understatement.  So, THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING US REACH YOU WITH OUR MUSIC. And a personal note to my partner forever, Mr. Valli, for still doing the heavy lifting.” – BG

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and worldwide have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

 

ABOUT OUR HONOREES

“In a career that has spanned more than six decades, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have left an indelible mark on the music industry and have touched fans around the world with their timeless music,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Their legion of fans from around the world will be excited to see their names on our iconic sidewalk!” added Martinez.

The Four Seasons was formed in 1960 in Newark, New Jersey. Since 1970, they have been known as Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The lead singer is Valli, Bob Gaudio on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on bass guitar and bass vocals.

The original Jersey boy, Frankie Valli, is a true American legend. His incredible career with The Four Seasons and his solo success has spawned countless hit singles, with unforgettable tunes like “Sherry”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Rag Doll”, “December ’63 – Oh What A Night”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”, and of course “Grease”.

His songs have been omnipresent in other iconic movies such as “The Deer Hunter”, “Dirty Dancing”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Conspiracy Theory”, and “The Wanderers”. Over 200 artists have done cover versions of Frankie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have sold over 175 million records worldwide. Valli’s long-lasting career has led to the overwhelming success of the Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS. The musical chronicles Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ incredible career and features all of their greatest hits.

The JERSEY BOYS juggernaut has now been seen by over 18 million people worldwide, won 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical (2006), and is currently playing in New York, Las Vegas, London, in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour and The Netherlands, and will open soon in Korea. It is the 15th longest-running show in Broadway history, having given over 3,250 performances and recently passing “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Hello Dolly!”, “The Producers”, “Hairspray”, “My Fair Lady”, and “Oklahoma”.

In 2014, Frankie Valli’s life story was again featured in the film adaptation of JERSEY BOYS, directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood. In Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy, “And So It Goes”, Valli also returned to acting. The film starred Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton and was released on July 18, 2014. Frankie recently appeared in this past season of “Hawaii 5-0”, and his mega-hit BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015. On May 18, 2015, Dan Rather profiled the legend for his series, The Big Interview, and Valli also participated in the AMC series, “The Making of the Mob”.

In 2016, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons appeared on Broadway in a limited engagement from October 21 through October 29 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Frankie Valli released TIS THE SEASONS, a holiday album, on October 14, 2016, on Rhino. His first-ever foray into jazz, the meticulously crafted album titled ‘A Touch of Jazz’ was released on June 25, 2021, marking a bold departure from his familiar pop sound. Showcasing Valli’s unparalleled vocal range and emotive delivery, the album reimagines classic jazz standards with his own distinctive flair, earning widespread praise from critics and music aficionados alike. Despite this venture into uncharted territory, Valli remains as dynamic and captivating as ever, captivating audiences worldwide with his electrifying performances as he continues to tour extensively, ensuring that his timeless music resonates across generations and borders.

The charities that Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons participate in, include MusiCares and Broadway Cares.

  

Sammy Hagar

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WHO | HONOREE Sammy Hagar
EMCEE Guy Fieri, Award-winning chef, Restaurateur and Walk of Famer
GUEST SPEAKERS John Mayer, 7x Grammy winner and Tom Consolo, Hagar’s longtime manager
WHAT Dedication of the 2,779th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
WHEN Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:30 AM PT
WHERE 6212 Hollywood Boulevard adjacent to Amoeba Music
WATCH LIVE The event was streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored rocker Sammy Hagar with the 2,779th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, April 30, at 11:30 am PT at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard. Hagar received his star in the category of Recording. Speakers joining emcee Guy Fieri were John Mayer and Tom Consolo, Hagar’s longtime manager.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and worldwide have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

 

ABOUT OUR HONOREE

“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to honor rock legend Sammy Hagar for his contributions to the world of Rock & Roll music,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  “From his humble beginnings in Fontana, California to strolling the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a young boy, he has truly come a long way!” added Martinez.

For the last five decades, Sammy Hagar has been one of rock music’s most dynamic and prolific artists, amassing 25 Platinum albums on sales surpassing 50 million worldwide. His decades-long career has spanned breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose and his multi-platinum solo career to Sammy’s ride as the frontman of Van Halen, Chickenfoot, and now his latest supergroup, The Circle. Along his journey, he has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written, including “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now,” and “Why Can’t This Be Love,” and has earned himself the highest respect in the music industry with a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Sammy is also a dedicated philanthropist, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, and an auspicious entrepreneur.

Since launching his flagship Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 1990, Sammy has turned a lifelong passion for great food, music, and spirits into a thriving lifestyle brand encompassing successful restaurants, bars, spirits and retail. A pioneer in the spirits industry, Hagar made history with his creation and eventual sale of Cabo Wabo Tequila. His award-winning portfolio spirits now includes  Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, a partnership with Rick Springfield, Santo Spirits, a partnership with Guy Fieri, Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktails and Red Rocker Brewing Co.

For decades, his annual birthday bash has been one of the year’s most legendary jam sessions for rockstars to perform at and coveted events for music fans to attend. There are now Cabo Wabo Cantinas in Las Vegas and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, plus four Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill restaurants, which are located in the major airports of Maui, Honolulu, Cleveland and Las Vegas. In spring 2023, Sammy introduced Cabo Wabo Beach Club in Huntington Beach, California. Sammy donates his proceeds from Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill and Cabo Wabo Beach Club to local charities.  On May 17, Sammy’s Island will launch at the Palms Casino Resort, a tropical pool getaway featuring delicious food, refreshing cocktails made with Hagar’s signature spirits, and live music performances.  The grand opening of Stage Red, a performance venue which has been renamed in his honor, opening on June 15. The theater, in Hagar’s hometown, will serve as a cornerstone for city leaders’ plans to create a regional draw in downtown Fontana, California.

Never one to hit the brakes, Sammy expanded his successes into publishing, television, radio and beyond. His three books include “Sammy Hagar’s Cocktail Hits: 85 Personal Favorites from the Red Rocker,” “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?,” and “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,” his #1 New York Times best-selling memoir. On television, fans have watched him on season 11 of “The Voice,” where he was a mentor for Team Adam, and during five seasons of the hit series, “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar.” He’s also the host of “Sammy Hagar’s Top Rock Countdown,” a weekly syndicated radio show broadcast to 90+ U.S. stations.

His debut album with The Circle, “Space Between,” entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at #4 on May 10, 2019, and debuted at #1 on four Billboard charts. Their second album, Crazy Times,” dropped in September 2022, and debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Top Album chart – their second top 10. The album was produced by 8-time Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and the band’s tour in support of the album earned universal praise from fans and critics alike.

This summer, Hagar and longtime bandmates Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham will join forces with guitar great, Joe Satriani, for the highly-anticipated The Best of All Worlds Tour. “It’s crazy to think that it’ll be 20 years since Mikey and I played many of these songs with Van Halen on the 04’ Best of Both Worlds Tour,” said Hagar. “With Joe on board, we can take a deeper dive into those years which will be really cool for the fans, and us.” Collectively, Anthony, Satriani and Bonham have played together in nearly every phase of Hagar’s career including Van Halen, Chickenfoot and The Circle, so fans can expect a setlist which draws from some of the biggest rock anthems of the last four decades including, “Finish What Ya Started,” “5150,” “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,” “Best of Both Worlds,” “Sexy Little Thing,” “One Way To Rock,” “Right Now,” “Eagles Fly” and more.

In 2021, Sammy was the first person to be awarded the accreditation of Honorary Ambassador of Los Cabos, Mexico, for his contribution to the development and promotion of Los Cabos and the economic growth of México.

Sammy’s humble beginnings instilled in him an unstoppable work ethic that’s been the driving force behind his rise to the top as a musician and entrepreneur – and continues to fuel his dedication as a philanthropist. “It’s where all my drive comes from,” Sammy explains. “I was willing to work hard to ensure I was never poor again. Even now, I can still go to that place and remember that feeling, but now it drives me to want to give back and to show kids that if you work hard, there’s going to be an open door out.” Sammy and his wife Kari created the Hagar Family Foundation in 2008 and have personally donated more than $4 million back to local communities, including giving to food banks in every city he’s performed in for more than a decade.  In 2014 he also founded “Acoustic-4-A-Cure,” an annual Bay Area concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, that’s featured performances by some of the biggest names in music. In recent years, he’s also become an in-demand speaker alongside new friends like Warren Buffett, but his favorite role remains being a great husband, father, and grandfather.

Website: http://www.redrocker.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/sammySammy

Facebook: https://facebook.com/sammySammy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sammySammy

YouTube: https://youtube.com/sammySammy

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Lang Lang

langlangWHO | HONOREE     Lang Lang

EMCEE                       Steve Nissen, President &
CEO, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

GUEST SPEAKERS     Dickon Stainer, President & CEO of Global Classics & Jazz,
and UMG Executive Vice President Michele Anthony

WHAT                         Dedication of the 2,778th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                        Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 11:30 AM PT

WHERE                       7044 Hollywood Boulevard

WATCH LIVE              The event was streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored world-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang with the 2,778th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, April 10, at 11:30 am PT at 7044 Hollywood Boulevard. Lang Lang received his star in the category of Live Performance.  Dickon Stainer, President & CEO of Global Classics & Jazz, and UMG Executive Vice President Michele Anthony joined emcee Steve Nissen as speakers.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and worldwide have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

 

ABOUT OUR HONOREE 

“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Lang Lang’s outstanding contributions to the world of classical music and celebrate his extraordinary talent with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”  stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Internationally renowned pianist Lang Lang has sold millions of albums worldwide, topping classical charts and achieving simultaneous mainstream success. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, during the past decade, he has performed for such dignitaries as President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and the late Queen Elizabeth II, as well as giving sold-out concerts with all of the world’s top orchestras and conductors. Lang Lang has also reached vast television audiences by performing at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and with artists such as Metallica, Pharrell Williams, and Herbie Hancock at various editions of the Grammy Awards. In April 2020, he took part in the

One World: Together At Home concert, which was broadcast on major television networks and streamed online multiple global platforms.

The scale of Lang Lang’s musical achievements is mirrored by his tireless commitment to charitable causes, most notably through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and Keys of Inspiration®. Both a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a UN Messenger of Peace, he has inspired over 40 million children to learn the piano and has developed hugely successful educational programs.

Lang Lang’s recent albums, 2019’s The Piano Book, 2020’s Goldberg Variations , and 2022’s The Disney Book, were runaway international bestsellers. His new album Lang Lang-Saint-Saëns was released in March 2024 and presents a treasure trove of musical discoveries: Saint-Saëns features Lang Lang’s wife, pianist Gina Alice, The Gewandhausorchester and Andres Nelsons The album also features the Carnival of the Animals, a whimsical menagerie that has captivated young hearts for generations, continuing Lang Lang’s heartfelt wish to promote the love of classical music to young audiences.

Lang Lang won an army of new fans in 2023 as one of the judges on The Piano, a heartwarming talent show broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK. One of the most influential classical musicians in the world, Lang Lang has over 20 million social media followers. Everything the pianist does is underpinned by his belief that “music makes life better – it heals, unites and inspires, and it makes us better people.”

 

Charles Fox

charlesfoxWHO | HONOREE   Charles Fox

EMCEE                       Steve Nissen, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President & CEO

GUEST SPEAKERS   Paul Williams and a surprise guest

WHAT                        Dedication of the 2,777th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                        Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:30 AM PT

WHERE                      6752 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Musician’s Institute

WATCH LIVE            The event was streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com 

 

Award-winning songwriter Charles Fox was honored with the 2,777th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, April 5, at 11:30 am PT at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard. Fox received his star in the category of Recording. Paul Williams and a surprise guest joined emcee Steve Nissen as speakers.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and worldwide have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

 

ABOUT OUR HONOREE

“Charles Fox’s contributions to the music industry are undeniable, and it is the honor of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to immortalize his legacy on the iconic Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  “His star will be located in front of the Musician’s Institute and just a few feet away from his late friends: Composer Jerry Goldsmith and Songwriter Hal David!” added Martinez.

Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, composer, conductor and pianist, Charles Fox, composed the music for more than 100 films, including the classics, Barbarella, Nine To Five and Goodbye Columbus, and theme songs for many iconic TV series including Happy Days; Laverne & Shirley; Love, American Style; Wonder Woman and The Love Boat, as well as “ABC Wide World of Sports” and Monday Night Football.

Twice nominated for an Oscar and a two-time Emmy winner, Fox also wrote the Grammy Award-winning song, “Killing Me Softly with His Song” as well as Jim Croce’s, “I Got A Name” and Barry Manilow’s, “Ready To Take A Chance Again”, among other hits.

Fox has composed numerous symphonic concert and chamber music works as well as ballets for the San Francisco Ballet, the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Smuin Ballet which recently premiered his, Salsa Till Dawn and the forthcoming revival of his Zorro ballet.

The documentary of his life and music entitled, “Killing Me Softly with his Songs,” is being released on April 2 and Fox will be performing a concert of his music from the film at Vibrato Jazz Club on April 11.

His original manuscripts for his scores and songs are part of the permanent collection of the CHARLES FOX LETTERS in the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

Charles Fox is dedicated to music education and giving back to the community and his music community.  Every year for over a decade, Charles Fox produced an annual concert benefiting the Fulfillment Fund, an organization that mentors and provides yearly scholarships for 2,000 high school and college students in economically challenged areas of Los Angeles. The concerts, entitled, “The Songs of our Lives” featured legendary songwriters of the second half of the 20th century performing their own songs.  Some of the legendary songwriters who appeared in the concerts include Burt Bacharach, Jeff Barry, Carole Bayer Sager, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Stephen Bishop, Bob Crewe, David Crosby, Hal David, Mac Davis, Lamont Dozier, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, David Foster, Norman Gimbel, Leiber & Stoller, Kenny Loggins, Melissa Manchester, Sergio Mendes, Neil Sedaka, Richard Sherman, Paul Williams and Bill Withers.

Additionally, Charles Fox endowed a yearly scholarship in musical composition to La Guardia High School of the Arts, NYC.

He has also given Master Classes in music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston and NYU in New York.   He is an Ambassador for The Society of Composers & Lyricists.

 

Martha Reeves

marthareevesWHO | HONOREE  Martha Reeves        

GUEST SPEAKERS  Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Stevie Wonder

EMCEE                    Angelique Jackson, Variety Senior Entertainment Correspondent

WHAT                     Dedication of the 2,776thth star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                     Wednesday, March 27, at 11:30 AM PT

WHERE                   7080 Hollywood Boulevard

WATCH LIVE          The event was live streamed exclusively at walkoffame.com 

 

Performer Martha Reeves was honored on March 27, with the 2,776th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was unveiled at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard. Reeves was awarded her star in the category of Recording. Speakers joining emcee Angelique Jackson were Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Stevie Wonder.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted globally iconic ceremonies for decades.  Millions of people from here and around the world have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

 

ABOUT OUR HONOREE

“We are very proud to honor Martha Reeves with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is wonderful to see that her legacy and contributions to the music world will be recognized” stated Walk of Fame Producer, Ana Martinez. “Being a Motown great, it is fitting that her star will be on the strip where many iconic Motown acts such as: The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and The Miracles have also been honored with their own stars!” added Martinez.

Martha Reeves has made her imprint in the history books and in pop culture for her string of hit Motown songs in the 1960’s and early 1970’s including such hits as “Dancing in the Street,” “My Baby Loves Me”, “Come and Get These Memories”, “Nowhere to Run”, “Quick Sand”, “(Love is Like a) Heatwave,” “Jimmy Mack” and “Bless You,”  Martha was front and center as the lead singer of the legendary Motown girl group, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s Martha recorded as a solo artist releasing a handful of critically acclaimed albums on the MCA, Fantasy, Phonarama and ARISTA labels.  Her first solo album in 1974, the self-titled classic was produced by legendary record producer, Richard Perry.

While born in Alabama, Reeves moved to Detroit with her family as a baby and has become a fixture in the Motor City.  She even served as an elected councilwoman for the city from 2005 to 2009.  In 2007 she fought to rename the road in front of Hitsville USA on West Grand Blvd. (Now the Motown Museum) Berry Gordy Jr. Boulevard after Motown’s founder.

Martha continues to perform concerts and club dates both solo and with the Vandellas (currently her sisters, Lois and Delphine).  Martha and the Vandellas were Grammy nominated in 1964 for Best R&B Performance for their hit, “Heat Wave”.  In 1999, “Dancing in the Street” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and is also the recipient of the Dinah Washington Award, a Rhythm n’ Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, a Black Woman in Publishing Legends Award, and has been inducted in the Alabama Soul, Rock and Roll and Vocal Group Hall of Fame.  Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Immortal Artists of all time.

2023 marked Martha’s 60th anniversary of her first two albums with Motown both from 1963, “Come and Get These Memories” and “Heat Wave”.

Reeves has been actively involved in charity work with the Shriners and Boys Town, demonstrating her dedication to making a positive impact on the community through her philanthropic endeavors.

 

                                                                

Dr. Dre

drdreWHO | HONOREE   Dr. Dre

EMCEE                       Radio personality and Walk of Famer Big Boy

GUEST SPEAKERS   Snoop Dogg and Jimmy Iovine

WHAT                        Dedication of the 2,775th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHEN                        Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 11:30 AM PT

WHERE                      6840 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Jimmy Kimmel Studios

WATCH LIVE The event was streamed live exclusively at www.walkoffame.com 

 

Dr. Dre was honored with the 2,775th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, March 19th at 11:30 am PT at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard. Dre received his star in the category of Recording.  Snoop Dogg and music impresario Jimmy Iovine joined emcee Big Boy as speakers.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and worldwide have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

 

ABOUT OUR HONOREE

“Dr. Dre’s contributions to the music industry are undeniable and have left an indelible mark on popular culture. As a producer, rapper, and entrepreneur, Dr. Dre has continuously pushed boundaries and set new standards for excellence. It is with great pride that we honor his incredible career and extraordinary impact by awarding him a star on the Walk of Fame. “Dr. Dre’s star will serve as a lasting symbol of his immense talent and enduring legacy in the world of music, “stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  “What is special regarding the location chosen for Dr. Dre’s star is that it will be next to the star of his long-time friend Snoop Dogg!,” added Martinez.

Nine-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist, producer, founder, and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Dr. Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. Shortly after, he co-founded the revolutionary group N.W.A. N.W.A became the fifth hip-hop group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2016) and the group were recently honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2024). The Compton, California native embarked on his solo career in 1992 when he released his solo debut album The Chronic, which has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA, reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance (“Let Me Ride”).

Dr. Dre launched Aftermath Entertainment in 1996, where over the years he discovered hip-hop superstars such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson .Paak. Jimmy Iovine and Dre established Beats Electronics in 2006 and later launched Beats Music – Apple acquired both in 2014. In 2017, HBO released a four-part documentary, The Defiant Ones, chronicling the life and relationship of Iovine and Dre throughout the years and how they have shaped some of the more exciting moments in pop culture. Among many other accolades, Dr. Dre won a GRAMMY and an Emmy for The Defiant Ones.

In 2013 the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation was funded and established. In 2022, they expanded their efforts to the Los Angeles Unified School District opening the Iovine and Young Center (IYC) Integrated Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (IDTE) Magnet, a new high school that will offer students grounding in the same cutting-edge curriculum.

Dre donated 10 million dollars to Compton High School for the school’s new performing arts center which broke ground In 2022. The facility is named the “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young Performing Arts Center,” according to the Compton Unified School District.

In 2022, Dr. Dre collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar on the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at Sofi Stadium, which took home three Emmys including a win for Outstanding Variety Special, the one and only time the Super Bowl halftime show has won an Emmy in that category.

In 2023, the Recording Academy and Black Music Collective created the inaugural Dr. Dre Global Impact Award to celebrate his trailblazing achievements in music.

This past February, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg launched Gin & Juice by Dre and Snoop, the first ready-to-drink product from their new premium spirits company. The brand will be announcing more offerings in the future.