*It’s something you may not have even thought about until now.
That is … of all people, the late Prince doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And, why is that?
Well, the short answer is he didn’t want one. You see, the legendary singer who passed away suddenly on Thursday, was approached twice over the years to be honored, but he declined both times.
“He was on my wish list,” Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, told TheWrap. “But he felt that it wasn’t the right time.”
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You may not know it, but in order to be included on the Walk of Fame, one has to be nominated, according to the rules set by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
As we said above, he was approached two times. TheWrap says the first time was in the ’90s (for a ceremony to be held in 1999, to honor the late singer’s smash hit of the same name) and again about a year or two ago, according to Martinez.
Guidelines stipulate that the person being honored has to give his approval for the star, a rule set in place years ago when the organization was forced to scrap plans for a Bruce Springsteen star, after the singer made it clear he didn’t want one.
But Prince could still get a star on Hollywood Boulevard… though not for a while.
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, Martinez explained.
Anyone can nominate a star, be it a fan club or a coworker, as long as they have $30,000 on hand, which goes to pay for the maintenance of the plaque and production cost for the ceremony, and a commitment from the actual star to attend the ceremony.
By the way, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is currently taking applications for the next batch of stars in five categories: Recording, TV, Live Performance/Theater, Motion Picture and Radio.
The Chamber has already received about 200 applications which it will review before it makes its decision in June. It will most likely approve between 25-30 applications.