There’s nothing more iconic than receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It solidifies their place as a Hollywood legend and pretty much guarantees they will live on forever. But the process of receiving a star isn’t just based on a star’s merit or achievements — although that’s important, too. They have to be nominated and pay for the star themselves! Anyone can nominate a person who’s active in music, television, or movies — even a fan! It does, however, cost $50,000 for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so just know that as someone will have to foot the bill.
Each year, the the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce receives hundreds of nominations but only selects 20-24 to receive a star. Many of our favorite celebrities have received a star, with the ceremony usually involving a few speeches from important people in their lives. (Fans can also attend a ceremony, as they are free and open to the public.) Once it’s over, the star is placed on the sidewalk among the others and remains there forever.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the main tourist attractions in Hollywood and it draws large crowds every day. It’s one of the oldest and most cherished traditions in Hollywood, and we can look forward to many more of our favorite stars receiving one.
Here is a list of 40 celebrities who have received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Full details of upcoming ceremonies (and past ones) can be found on the Hollywood Walk of Fame website.1/42
The actress celebrated with husband Tom Hanks and friend Julia Roberts at her ceremony on March 29. Rita gushed over the honor and told Entertainment Tonight, “When you get things like this, it’s like icing on the cake, and it makes me feel so connected to my community that I grew up in and I love and that has given me so much.”
“So I’m just really, truly honored as one is. And it’s truly a celebration.”2/42
The singer and This Is Us actress received a star in March, and her A Walk to Remember, costar, Shane West was on hand to praise Mandy with kind words. It’s these types of celeb reunions that this ceremony was made for.
We totally fangirled over seeing these two back together.3/42
Pink brought her whole family along for her ceremony, including husband Carey Hart, and kids, Willow and Jameson. “To have my whole family here, it’s incredible, it’s such an honor,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I started looking down the list of the names… Julie Andrews, Lucille Ball. I’m next to The Rock and Jackie Chan. It’s amazing!”
Looks like Pink is in some pretty good company.4/42
TARAJI P. HENSON
During her speech when receiving the award, Taraji P. Henson said that it, “Really confirms that in spite of the circumstances in your life whether you were born into them or they just happened along the way, it doesn’t matter because with God, all things are possible.” She also thanked her grandmother and talked about how she knew, one day, her name would be among the legends on the Walk of Fame.
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The Glee and American Horror Story creator received his star in December 2018. Those who came out to honor the producer included members of the cast from several of his shows — including Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, and Leslie Grossman.
“I think a lot of times, when people get stars on the Walk of Fame, they think, ‘Well, maybe this is, you know, the pinnacle.’ And I don’t feel that way,” he said about his Hollywood Walk of Fame star. “I’m excited about so many things, and I am creating so many new things … I just like to be busy and create.”6/42
Legend Rita Moreno was on hand to celebrate the Tony Award-winning Broadway star when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hamilton creator was in awe of this recognition. “I feel like I’m in a dream,” Lin-Manuel Miranda said. “Reports of my fame are still probably greatly exaggerated but the fact that there is a star marking where I got to say these lines [referring to his performance of In The Heights at the Pantages Theatre], what a dream come true that is for me.”7/42
In September 2018, the 16-time Grammy-nominated rapper received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He started his speech by thanking a very important person in his life. “I want to thank me,” he said before continuing to sing his own praises. “I want to thank me for believing in me,” he said. “I want to thank me for doing all this hard work. I want to thank me for having no days off. I want to thank me for never quitting. I want to thank me for always being a giver, and trying to give more than I receive. I want to thank me for trying to do more right than wrong. I want to thank me for just being me at all times.”8/42
The deserving singer received his star in November 2018, and he had much to be thankful for. “The longer I live, the more I realize that love isn’t free. Love has a great cost. The more you love, the more you hurt,” Buble said during his speech. “When I woke up this morning, I thought about that because I thought that for all of you people — all of those people who have loved me and supported me through the good times and the bad, I would risk that love a million times over for all of you,” he continued. “So thank you so much for that great honor today.”
David Foster and Priscilla Presley were on hand to support their friend during the ceremony.9/42
Sarah Silverman received her star just ahead of the release of her film Ralph Breaks the Internet, in November 2018. She was joined by her Ralph costar, John C. Riley. Silverman’s star was the 2,649th since the Walk of Fame was completed in 1961. She currently stars in the Hulu comedy I Love You, America.10/42
While one may have thought this Hollywood legend would’ve received his star years ago, Michael Douglas in fact got it in November 2018. He was joined by his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and his father, Kirk Douglas. Kirk who was 101, at the time got a very special shout out from his son.”I know, I know, no son of yours is celebrating his 50th anniversary in the business,” Michael said. “But it means so much to me, dad, that you’re here today. Thank you for your advice, for your inspiration, and I’ll say it simply and with all my heart, I’m so proud to be your son.”11/42
While music is just one of Richard Branson’s many business ventures, he deserves all the accolades for it nonetheless. After all, Virgin Records (Branson’s record company) has contracts with the Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Daft Punk, Katy Perry, and Bastille.
Quite the list of impressive talent!12/42
While receiving her star, the country singer reminisced about the time she was first in Los Angeles, competing on American Idol. “I’m pretty sure I have a picture of myself with LeVar Burton’s star. I was pretty excited when I ran across that. I was like, ‘Sweet!’ I’m a bit of a Trekkie,” she said.
Carrie Underwood went on to win the singing competition, of course, and has firmly cemented her place in music history.
“I’ve wanted one of these things for so long,” he said. “Since I was a kid, I thought, ‘Oh man, if you get one of those stars on the sidewalk, that means you’ve made it.’ And I feel like I’ve finally grasped that sweet brass ring. And then the question, is where do we go now?”
Well, wherever he goes, we’re coming, too!14/42