Hollywood Boulevard Honors Country Legend at Alan Jackson Star Ceremony
Alan Jackson, one of the biggest stars in country music history, received the most flattering honor anyone can ask for in Hollywood.. The Alan Jackson star ceremony on the Walk Of Fame took place on April 18. Jackson has released thirteen albums since he first hit the scene in 1990 and his most recent album, Freight Train, was available on March 30. Now that he is on Hollywood Boulevard, he is guaranteed to go down in the books as an icon of country music.
Although getting recognized on Hollywood Boulevard is an enormous honor, it is hardly the first prestigious award Alan Jackson has received. Throughout the years, he has been honored with fourteen Academy of Country Music Awards and twelve awards given by the Country Music Association. He won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 2002 for his moving tribute to 9/11, “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).”
Over the years, Alan Jackson has received many other awards and recognitions that are not honored with statues and stars. In addition to the many impressive awards he has won, he has sold 50-million albums and can boast thirty-four chart topping hits. He shows no signs of stopping at age fifty-one, with a brand new album and an upcoming tour.
Jackson is among a variety of music, television and film stars who have been honored with stars on the Walk Of Fame. Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton are just a few other country artists who have stars to their names. There are even a few fictional icons on The Walk, including Rin Tin Tin and Kermit The Frog.
It may seem as though everyone who has ever graced the stage or screen has their name on Hollywood Boulevard, but they are not actually easy to get. There must be a campaign made by the companies that work with the star being considered. To be eligible, a performer is required to have spent a minimum of five years in the business and to have given back through charity work.
Although many people may be aware of what he does with his extra hours, Alan Jackson has done his share of giving back. He has supported both the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and the Red Cross. In recent weeks, he played a show to raise money for the families affected by the Upper Big Branch mining disaster.
After receiving his little piece of Hollywood Boulevard, Jackson played an intimate concert for some lucky fans at Hotel Café, a small club in Hollywood. Most of the audience members for the 21-song performance were winners of radio contests who traveled from different parts of the nation for the event. It is rare for Jackson to play such a small venue, especially one including his eight-piece group of musicians.