Congratulations to Usher Raymond For becoming the latest recipient of a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame! The entertainer was honored with the star Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 7) in Los Angeles, on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Usher was accompanied by his wife, Grace, and their children.
The 37-year-old has given us hits since the age of 15 with the release of his self-titled album, ‘Usher’, but it was his sophomore release ‘My Way’ that’s made him the sensation he is today! It’s no surprise that fans lined up at 6am for his 11:30 ceremony, according to Billboard.
Die-hard fans of the eight-time Grammy winner began lining up at 6 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. ceremony. Amid their shout-outs of “we love you” and “you deserve this,” Usher paid homage to everyone who has supported him on a journey that began at 14 years old when he was signed to LaFace Records by co-founder Antonio “L.A.” Reid. In addition to Reid, chairman/CEO of Epic Records, other music industry executives spotted in the audience included Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Jon Platt and RCA president of urban music Mark Pitts.
“I don’t just celebrate this moment by myself. I celebrate it with those people who invested in me, those people who loved me through my hard times,” Usher said before singling out his mother and first manager Jonetta Patton. “Mom, thank you for everything and all the people that you’ve actually helped to bring here. They wouldn’t be here if you didn’t recognize and make sure you selected the right people to be around and to help me be the man I am today and in this position.” Additional family members present for the ceremony included the singer’s grandmother, aunt, wife Grace Miguel and his sons Usher Raymond V and Naviyd.
In a speech shifting between serious and lighthearted, Usher delivered his own shout-outs to several icons he wished could be present: Prince, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Luther Vandross. “They were so important in shaping who I am as an entertainer,” said Usher. Of the legendary Wonder, Usher added, “The one thing you’ve preached to me that’s become a mantra is that love is the key. Thank you for giving me that life lesson.”
Usher, whose new RCA album Hard II Love arrives Sept. 16, then saluted his fans. “It’s because of you that this shining star is here. Now it’s your responsibility to come down here every chance you get to shine my star,” he added with a laugh. “That’s the smallest thing that I could ask of you right now especially given the fact that I’m going to be walked on.”
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