Music stars are well represented on the list of entertainment figures to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023. Half of the 24 award winners announced on Friday (June 17) come from the world of music.
Eight honorees were named in the recording category – Marc Anthony, Irving Azoff, Jonas Brothers, Sheila E., Lenny Kravitz, Jenni Rivera, Blake Shelton and Charlie Wilson. Additionally, although Ludacris is named in the motion picture category, he is probably even better known for music. And all three award winners named in the Live Theater/Live Performance category are major musicians – Lang Lang, Melba Moore and Pentatonix.
Four of this year’s honorees had multiple #1 albums on the Billboard 200 – Ludacris (four #1 albums), Jonas Brothers (three), and Pentatonix and Shelton (two each).
Jonas Brothers and Pentatonix are the only groups or duos honored this year. All other honorees are individuals.
Three of the awards are posthumous. Rivera, a top star in regional Mexican music, died in a plane crash in 2012. Paul Walker, a core actor of The Fast and the Furious franchise, died in a car accident in 2013. Juanita Moore, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1959s imitation of life, died in 2014 at the age of 99. Walker’s death inspired the Wiz Khalifa hit “See You Again,” starring Charlie Puth, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks in 2015.
At least three of this year’s Walk of Fame honorees have received career-limiting honors elsewhere. Azoff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020 in the Non-Performer category. Garrett Morris was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame along with the other original cast members of NBC in 2017 Saturday night live. And Wilson received a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 BET Awards.
Honorees are selected by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame Selection Committee. Ellen K, Chair of the Selection Committee and a top radio personality, announced the new award winners at www.walkoffame.com.
This year’s total of 24 award winners is significantly lower than last year’s total of 38. There were no stars awarded in the radio and sports entertainment categories this year. The latter category was added last year.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame has its origins in 1958. While some may find it cheesy and less reputable than other top awards, it is a tangible sign of success in the entertainment field that is recognized around the world. The star will be permanently on Hollywood Boulevard or Vine Street for the honoree’s family, friends and fans to visit at their convenience. Even superstars and jaded industry professionals often find it difficult to say no.
Dates for these star ceremonies have not yet been set. Recipients have two years from the date of selection to schedule star ceremonies before the offers expire. Upcoming star ceremonies are usually announced on the official website 10 days before the inauguration.
Here is a complete list of the Class of 2023 Hollywood Walk of Fame selections:
In the recording category: Marc Anthony, Irving Azoff, Jonas Brothers, Sheila E, Lenny Kravitz, Jenni Rivera (posthumous), Blake Shelton, Charlie Wilson
In the Movies category: Juanita Moore (posthumously), Bill Pullman, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, John Waters, Ludacris, Paul Walker (posthumously)
In the TV category: Jon Favreau, Mindy Kaling, Martin Lawrence, Ralph Macchio, Garrett Morris, Ellen Pompeo
In the Live Theater/Live Performance category: Lang Lang, Melba Moore, Pentatonix