A report by Shirley Gomes for Latin Times.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which has honored star celebrities on Hollywood Boulevard for more than 96 years, has included two Latino artists on the 2018 Walk of Fame award winners list. Within the new group of entertainment professionals in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre/Live Performance, Radio and Recording we can find singer-songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” and actress Zoe Saldaña, known for her roles on “Avatar” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Saldaña is part of the category of cinema along with other actors that will be recognized as well. Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, among others. Miranda appears in the section of theater and performances with Charles Aznavour and the late Bernie Mac.
Other television artists who will have the opportunity to unveil their star on the Walk of Fame are Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, among others.
Also in the line of music, the achievements of Mary J. Blige, Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood and “Weird Al” Yankovic will be also recognized.
According to the Walk of Fame Selection Committee these honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors.
“The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected an eclectic group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” said Vin Di Bona, Walk of Famer and Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee for 2017. “As a Walk of Famer myself, I know these honorees will remember the dedication of their stars with great memories and will be proud that they are part of Hollywood’s history now and forever. We look forward to their big day as the Walk of Fame Class of 2018 becomes cemented one by one on the most famous sidewalk in the world!”
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon, and approximately 30 star ceremonies are annually broadcasted around the world. It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $40,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a charitable foundation.
The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame.