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Shonda Rhimes & Lin-Manuel Miranda Are Getting Stars on the Walk of Fame

If you’ve ever visited Hollywood, you know that a trip to the Walk of Fame is a stop you must make. The stars along Hollywood Boulevard represent various categories of the entertainment industry, like film, television, radio and live theater, and exist on that sidewalk because of all of the towering achievements of the people whose names are given on those stars. On Friday, we learned that the 2018 Hollywood Walk of Fame class has 34 members, and they’re one incredibly diverse group.

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Honorees for next year run the gamut of age, race, gender and entertainment specialty; they include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Hamill, Shonda Rhimes and RuPaul. While it seems like it would be easy to get a star once you have a successful career, there are a few rules for the entire process.

Anyone can nominate a celebrity for a star, but the celeb will have to be relatively rich. The honoree or their sponsor is responsible for the $40,000 cost to maintain and repair the star, as well as the ceremony, which is produced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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The honoree must also agree to accept the nomination and attend the official ceremony, which they have two years to schedule. “We call it the ‘Springsteen policy,’” Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez told the New York Daily News. It was adopted after Bruce Springsteen declined the honor, and the Chamber rescinded its offer of a star in 1989.

Now, most celebs know they have been nominated, but it’s the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Committee who makes the final decisions. That’s why we saw a lot of excited tweets from the stars about their honor on Thursday.

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While we don’t have the complete schedule of the ceremonies for the class of 2018 yet, it’s a good bet that Miranda will be receiving his star somewhere around the August 11 opening of Hamilton at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Not only is the Pantages located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Nederlander Organization, which owns the theatre, is paying for Miranda’s star.

Now that’s what we call a good business deal.

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