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Why Sir Paul McCartney didn't have a Walk of Fame star sooner

Sir Paul gets his star on the Walk of Fame
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LOS ANGELES - Sir Paul McCartney received a star on Hollywood's renouned Walk of Fame recently. It's not a surprise that the star was awarded in conjunction with Sir Paul performing at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2-12-12, Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party 2-11-12, and his being celebrated as the MusiCares Person of the Year on 2-10-12. It's been an exciting trip for the former Beatle.

Many reacted to Sir Paul not having had a star sooner as something of a personal insult or a lack of recognition. The Beatles have a star. All of the other former Beatles have stars - Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon. Why not Paul McCartney - he's even been knighted by Her Majesty, the Queen of England.

Well, the real reason is not personal at all. It's about the process. According to, one must apply for a star. A person might be deserving, but if there's no application, there might not be any consideration for the award.

Someone has to take the time to fill out a four page application and submit it to the Hollywood Chamberof Commerce which runs the program. The committee then considers about 200 applications and selects 12-15 names for insertion into the Walk of Fame according to the website. The application stated 15-20.

The application must include a photo, bio, nominee's qualifications, list of contributions to the community, civic-oriented participation, and a letter of agreement from the nominee or his/management. Even a fan can make a submission, but this includes getting agreement from the celebrity. If someone is not selected, their application will roll over for another year. Someone serious about making it might find themselves applying every 2 years.

If selected, the star must be paid for! In the case of a group on an artist who is currently active, it would be a form of publicity that a record company might pay for. It might be a drop in the bucket for some. But it has a price tag of $30,000. The check for $30,000 is considered a donation to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation.

And unless one is being considered posthumously, the person must appear. So, in the case of Sir Paul, he might have been quite busy with other things before this became a priority to apply for. In addition, he had to make sure he could be in the Los Angeles area. With so much going on in Los Angeles and a new record out, this was the perfect time.

The application includes the words, "Nomination and selection procedures, forms, and qualifications are guidelines only, entirely within the Chamber’s discretion, and are subject to change at any time, without notice." Who knows what the rules were for Paul McCartney.

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