What does it take for a pop star to get a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Well, fan support helps. Acolytes of the singing comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic have raised the sponsorship fee (now $25,000) and sponsored their wacky star several times since 2003. Other than that, the criteria are the same as with film stars: You need to be known as a professional achiever, have made charitable or civic contributions, and have at least five years behind you in your chosen field.
Beyond those basics, the list of music stars on the walk is fairly random. It does include several “firsts.” The legendary cowboy singer Gene Autry is the only person to have been honored with five stars, one in each possible category of radio, records, film, television and live theatrical performance (in his case, rodeo). Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and three of the Beatles all have two stars, one for their solo work and one representing the groups with whom they sang: the Jackson Five, The Supremes, The Miracles and the aforementioned Fab Four.
Sir Paul McCartney hasn’t received his star yet, though fans are busy organizing now. They’ll have to fight it out with those Weird Al devotees. And that bunch is organized. They’re even selling a cookbook to raise funds, appropriately named “I Love Rocky Road.”
— Ann Powers, is a contributor to Pop & Hiss and pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times
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