You can’t step on their gowns but you can step on their stars.
This week the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Fame Selection Committee announced a new constellation of celebrities that will be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 35 honorees, chosen from hundreds of nominations, include Pose star Billy Porter and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen.
Walk of Famer Vanessa Williams, a committee member for the 2019-2020 Selection Committee, announced this year’s new honorees with Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Rana Ghadban.
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— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 20, 2019
“This year’s choices were particularly unique,” said Selection Committee Chair and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona in a statement. “We were able to recognize the talents of thirty-five artists who have already built a legacy here in Hollywood. Also, we were able to celebrate many new talented artists who’ve touched our hearts in film, television, radio and a variety of musical categories.”
In the category of Motion Pictures, honorees include Mahershala Ali, Batman, Ruth E. Carter, Laurence Fishburne, Chris Hemsworth, Spike Lee, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer, and Lina Wertmüller. Honorees in the Television category besides Cohen include Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Terry Crews, Harry Friedman, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nigel Lythgoe, Milo Ventimiglia, Burt Ward, Wendy Williams, and Dr. Phil McGraw.
Elvis Costello, Sir Lucian Grainge, Billy Idol, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Alicia Keys, Andy Madadian, Mo Ostin, Bobby Rydell, Alejandro Sanz, and Tanya Tucker fill out the honorees in the Recording category. Dave Chappelle joins Porter in the Live Theatre/Live Performance category, and Susan Stamberg is the sole honoree in the Radio category. Comedian Andy Kaufman and blues musician Muddy Waters will both receive posthumous stars.
Dates haven’t been set for each star’s official unveiling, but honorees have two years from the selection date to schedule their ceremonies. More than 2,500 stars currently grace the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) June 21, 2019
Golden Globe-nominated for playing HIV-positive ballroom emcee Pray Tell on Pose, Porter, an outspoken LGBTQ activist, has been making headlines for political fashion statements that defy traditional gender constraints. The 49-year-old Grammy and Tony winner will co-host ABC’s telecast of the 2019 Pride March in New York City and serve as a grand marshal alongside his Pose co-stars.
Cohen, 51, was honored this year at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vito Russo Award, presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. The Emmy-winning Bravo-lebrity also welcomed his first child via a surrogate.
Watch the official Walk of Fame announcement below.