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The selection committee for the Hollywood Walk of Fame today made a big announcement — the newest batch honorees to get their very own star along Hollywood Boulevard! The Walk of Fame Class of 2018 is an “eclectic group of talent” to be sure, says famed TV producer Vin Di Bona, and now they’ll all be cemented in … well, cement.
Among the 2018 class are TV’s original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter; Kirsten Dunst, who stars in Sofia Coppola’s new film The Beguiled, out tomorrow; former American Idol judge Simon Cowell; openly gay TV producer Ryan Murphy; Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson; famed song parodist Weird Al Yankovic; the new star of Claws, Niecy Nash; R&B’s Mary J. Blige; Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda; Minnie Mouse; and Steve Irwin and Bernie Mac, whose stars are being posthumously granted.
Most exciting, though, is the star of the world’s premier drag queen and true legend RuPaul!
Yes, finally RuPaul will be honored for his decades of bringing fabulosity and high hair to the music, film and television industries.
As James St. James over at The WOW Report points out, it’s been quite a year for RuPaul. Most recently he graced the cover (in drag!) of Entertainment Weekly‘s LGBTQ Pride Issue, but this year he has also won both an Emmy and an MTV Award, announced that DragCon NYC would be taking place later this year, saw Drag Race move to VH1 (where it’s gotten its highest ratings ever) and filmed guest spots for the series Broad City and Girl Boss. And he got married to his longtime partner!
What a year.
The press release from the Walk of Fame selection committee notes that dates haven’t yet been scheduled for individual star ceremonies, and the celebrities have two years to schedule one. The ceremonies are typically announced 10 days before the official dedication.