Grammy-winning R&B star Ashanti has been honored with the 2,718th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The star was dedicated in the category of Recording at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in a ceremony on Thursday, April 7.
Emcee Lupita Sanchez-Cornejo joined actress Tichina Arnold and artist Ja Rule to unveil the star.
Ashanti’s parents, Tina and Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, and sister Kenashia Douglas also attended the ceremony.
“The fact that my mom spoke this into existence is surreal. She really had that feeling as a mother to say, ‘My child is gonna get this.’ She manifested it and I’m forever grateful,” Ashanti said in her acceptance speech, referring to a prediction that her mother Tina Douglas made decades ago.
The singer/songwriter, actress and author burst onto the music scene with her 2002 smash hit, self-titled debut album Ashanti. It landed the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard 200 and R&B album charts, selling a whopping 504,593 units in its first week and set a SoundScan record as the most albums sold by any debut female artist in the chart’s history, granting her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ashanti has released six studio albums and received eight Billboard Awards, a Grammy, two American Music Awards, two Soul Train Awards, six ASCAP Awards, and many illustrious honors. Ashanti has continued to reign at the top as one of Billboard‘s “Top Females of the Decade from 2000-2010” and continues to break Billboard records as having a Hot 100 entry in the 2000’s, 2010’s and 2020’s.
In 2005, Ashanti made her telefilm debut starring as Dorothy in The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz. Her first feature film, Coach Carter, was a box-office hit.
Ashanti recently starred in Honey Girls and will be the executive producer of upcoming film The Plus One.
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