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Sheila E. Becomes First Female Solo Percussionist on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Written by on July 13, 2023

Sheila E. became the first female solo percussionist on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when her star was unveiled Wednesday, with Ringo Starr by her side.

“I am honored, humbled, and blessed to receive this prestigious award,” the musician born Sheila Escovedo told City News Service. “This is a forever moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Grammy and Oscar-winning R&B singer H.E.R. spoke at the ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute at 6752 Hollywood Blvd. that was emceed by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and star recipient Jimmy Jam.

Jimmy Jam, his songwriting and producing partner Terry Lewis, and Sheila E. received Emmy nominations for outstanding music direction in 2020 as music directors of “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute To Prince.”

Sheila E. performed a song with drums at the ceremony, joined by her father, Pete Escovedo, who received a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021 along with his daughter.

The star is the 2,759th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the initial 1,558 stars.

Sheila E. is set to perform a concert at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood titled “Sheila E and Friends,” celebrating the unveiling of the star.

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