Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg slated for Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars

Jack Black, Anthony Anderson, Carrie Underwood and Mary J. Blige are also part of the Walk of Fame’s class of 2018.

If you’ve made it in the entertainment industry in the last 30 years, chances are you’ve cemented your place in history with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This explains why Snoop Dogg and entertainer Mary J. Blige will be receiving stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame next year.

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce revealed the 2018 honorees Thursday of the celebs who will jostle for space for a star on the 18-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, one of the most famous streets in the world. Mary J. Blige added to the cast of The Wiz Live

Other recipients include Shonda Rhimes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Taraji P. Henson, RuPaul, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana and Lynda Carter.

Jack Black, Anthony Anderson and Carrie Underwood are also part of the Walk of Fame’s class of 2018.

So are business magnate Richard Branson and Steve Jones, the former The Sex Pistols member turned radio host.

A celebrity must first be nominated by a third party — friends, family, even a fan, studio or label — then sign a consent letter accepting the bid, as well as a “guarantee” to attend the public ceremony when their star is unveiled. Selections are made by a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce committee. A star costs $40,000, paid for by honorees or their sponsor. The price tag covers the construction of the star and maintenance of the Walk of Fame

Some celebrities have declined their spot on the famous landmark.

Prince was originally approached about a nomination after his hit song “1999” debuted, but he turned it down. He was approached twice for the honor. But in both cases he declined and fans of the late singer are pushing a a posthumous honor.  Luther Vandross who died in 2005 at age 54 received a star in 2014. Walk of Fame stars can be granted posthumously, but there’s a five-year waiting period after a performer’s death before that can happen.

Before stars go through the selection process they must sign a consent letter accepting the nod, as well as a promise to attend the public ceremony when their star is unveiled. “We call it the ‘Springsteen policy,’” shares Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez who says the rules were changed after Bruce Springsteen never showed up for his ceremony. Clint Eastwood has been nominated repeatedly but has never showed an interest for a star on the famous boulevard.

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