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After 17 years of artistic work, Melissa Lou Etheridge received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on September 27. Etheridge, American rock singer-songwriter and musician, received the 2,450th sidewalk star on Hollywood boulevard. To celebrate, she she gathered with her family, mother Elizabeth and two children, Bailey and Beckett.
Etheridge dedicated her star to anyone who has difficulties in life to overcome. She said her star provides proof that anything is possible in life. ”Let my life be an inspiration to anyone, gay, straight, breast cancer, woman, mother, any human being who receives the inspiration from my story,” Etheridge said during the ceremony.
“You can have a dream that you can grow up in a small Midwestern town and believe, and desire and create a life and end up with a star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.” According to ABC News, the ceremony took place in front of the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood and was refined with the Pinktober campaign, a series of concerts and events which aim to raise money and awareness about breast cancer.
The mission of the Pinktober campaign is of specific importance to Etheridge. The star has been an ambassador of it for six years since she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself in 2004. The 50-year-old Etheridge is recognizable and treasured in the music world for her unique husky voice and for writing very personal lyrics.
She is also a devoted environmental advocate and iconic gay and lesbian activist since coming out publically in January 1993. Her most recognizable songs are “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.” “I learned very early on that I could write truths,” Etheridge told CNN. “I could write about sadness or anger, where I couldn’t actually speak it.”
According to Sheknows.com, Etheridge appeared at the 2005 Grammy awards after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. In one of the most memorable moments in Grammy history, Etheridge performed for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer. She awed the audience with her touching interpretation of Janice Joplin’s Piece of My Heart.
In 2005, Etheridge received an Oscar for the song “I Need to Wake Up,” a soundtrack to An Inconvenient Truth of Al Gore. “When I realized that my music was being listened to internationally, it meant so much to me. It started to become very obvious to me that music is an international language.” Etheridge said when she received the award.