While the well-known ceremonies have been put on hold due to coronavirus, it’s been announced that 35 new celebrities will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2021.
Those stars include Shia LaBeouf, who transitioned from Disney child star to a unique A-list actor of his generation, Kelly Clarkson who parlayed her win on the first season of American Idol into a career as a Grammy Award-winning singer and television personality, and Nick Cannon, who went from teenage actor and rapper to one of the most sought out television hosts.
Other honorees include the likes of actors Zac Efron, Don Cheadle and Courteney Cox, rock legends Jefferson Airplane and country music duo The Judds.
The star-studded list was chosen from among hundreds of nominations at a selection committee meeting held this month.
‘The selection panel, made up of fellow Walk Of Famers, hand-picks a group of honorees each year that represent various genres of the entertainment world,’ committee chair Ellen K said in a statement.
The final approval then came down from the Hollywood Chamber’s board of directors.
‘The panel has done an exemplary job in choosing very talented people,’ Ellen K added.
‘We can’t wait to see each other and every honoree’s face as they realize that they are becoming a part of Hollywood’s history as we unveil their star on the world’s most famous walkway.’
Bade of honor: In all, 35 celebrities were honored with stars that could be placed on or near Hollywood Boulevard
Along with LaBeouf, Cheadle and Efron the category of Motion Pictures also includes: Josh Brolin, Morris Chestnut, Benedict Cumberbatch, Giancarlo Giannini, Jimmy Smits, Naomi Watts and a double star for Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.
Cannon and Cox made it in the category of Television with the likes of: Marla Gibbs, Jenifer Lewis, Laura Linney, Judge Greg Mathis, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Sarah Paulson, Peter Roth and Christian Slater.
In the category of Recording, Clarkson, Jefferson Airplane and The Judds join: The Chi-Lites, Missy Elliott, Ana Gabriel, Don McLean, Salt-N-Pepa, Trisha Yearwood and Charlie Parker (Posthumous).
In the category of Live Theatre/Live Performance the artists include: Sarah Brightman, Luciano Pavarotti (Posthumous) and August Wilson (Posthumous).
Big Boy was the one lone person to make the Radio category.
Illustrious list: Some of the other honorees for the 2021 Hollywood Walk Of Fame class include actors Don Cheadle and Courteney Cox
Honoree: Like LaBeouf, Zac Efron went from Disney star to leading man of the big screen
The Hollywood Walk Of Fame consists of more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce credits E.M. Stuart, the organization’s volunteer president in 1953, with the original idea for creating a Walk of Fame.
Stuart reportedly proposed the WOF as a way to ‘maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.’
A process: Each recipient has two years to schedule their ceremonies from the date of their selection, which means some of them may not receive their star until 2022
Being selected to receive a star doesn’t always result in that person actually getting one.
Each recipient has two years to schedule their ceremonies from the date of their selection, which means some of them may not receive their spot on or near Hollywood Boulevard until 2022.
And the stars don’t come free of charge.
Each nominees has a $50,000 fee, which is typically paid for by the nominating organization, to the Hollywood Historic Trust charitable foundation for the creation, installation and maintenance of the star.
2021 Hollywood Walk Of Fame class
MOTION PICTURES RECORDING
Josh Brolin The Chi-Lites
Don Cheadle Kelly Clarkson
Morris Chestnut Missy Elliott
Benedict Cumberbatch Ana Gabriel
Zac Efron Jefferson Airplane
Giancarlo Giannini The Judds
Shia LaBeouf Don McLean
Jimmy Smits Salt-N-Pepa
Naomi Watts Trisha Yearwood
Ali MacGraw Charlie Parker (Posthumous)
TELEVISION LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE
Nick Cannon Sarah Brightman
Courteney Cox Luciano Pavarotti (Posthumous)
Marla Gibbs August Wilson (Posthumous)
Jenifer Lewis RADIO
Laura Linney Big Boy
Judge Greg Mathis
Dr. Mehmet Oz