Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Hundreds of fans gathered last week to see Etheridge receive the 2,450th star in front of the Hard Rock cafe in Los Angeles.
During her acceptance speech Etheridge joked that she is too young to have a Hollywood star. “I feel kind of young to have this happen, but it’s great, I’ll take it. It’s fine with me,” she said.
The ceremony also marked the launch of Hard Rock’s month long Pinktober campaign, a series of concerts and celebrity events held to raise money and breast cancer awareness.
The 50-year-old Etheridge who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, has been an artist ambassador for Pinktober for six years.
Said Etheridge, “Let my life be an inspiration to anyone, gay, straight, breast cancer, woman, mother, any human being who receives the inspiration from my story.”
“Show the world that you can have a dream, that you can grown up in a small Midwestern town and believe, and desire, and create a life, and end up with your star on the Walk of Fame.”
Etheridge is best known for the songs “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.”