Charlie Wilson gets a Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

It was a day of celebration as Grammy-nominated R&B singer, Charlie Wilson was honoured for his long career as the lead singer of The Gap Band and as a solo artist.

The living legend started alongside his brothers, Robert and Ronnie, in the soul-singing 1970s funk trio known as The Gap Band.

 

The Tulsa native help create some of the greatest soul records of our time, including “Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” “Early in the Morning,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” and the fan-favorite classic, “Outstanding.”

His solo career in the early ’90s and 2000s was superb and earned him a whopping 13 GRAMMY nominations.

The Grammy was just the beginning, he bagged two NAACP Image Award wins and multiple chart-topping singles and albums alike across Urban AC/Adult R&B verticals over the past three decades and counting.

After the long list of accomplishments, you’d be surprised to find out that Charlie Wilson is just now getting his official star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As rightly said, better late than never.

Wilson’s acceptance speech

The ceremony was just as star-studded as the star plaque itself.

Industry friends, contemporaries and successors alike turned up in style to join Wilson for his special day on Hollywood Boulevard.

In his acceptance speech, he shared a memory from his early days in L.A. when he dreamt of having a star on Hollywood Boulevard.

He reflected on the journey, saying what seemed improbable back then is now a reality.

After telling a heartfelt story about how excited he felt when he saw the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the first time while The Gap Band visited L.A. to record the debut, Magician’s Holiday in 1974 and how he met Stevie Wonder the following day, Wilson opened up about how he’s been sober for 29 years.

“Life has a way of testing us, and after the success of The Gap Band, I found myself homeless on the streets of Hollywood. I could probably take 80 steps. And it was one of the side streets.
“I was hiding, and sleeping under cars,” he shared.
“It was during those challenging times, that I realised God had a plan for me.
“He broke me down to build me back up again, and I’m forever grateful for that experience.”

Wilson sang with his brothers in the Gap Band, in the ’70s and ’80s., Having survived prostate cancer in 2008, he now advocates for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Present at the ceremony were Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Tyler, the Creator, and Ty Dolla Sign.

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