New Edition to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jimmy Jam Will Speak
New Edition are getting their proper tribute on television and now they are being honored by the fans. The R&B supergroup will get their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Group members Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe and Johnny Gill, as well as ex-member Bobby Brown, are expected to receive the Walk of Fame’s 2,600th star on Monday (Jan. 23), according to Los Angeles Daily News.
Veteran hitmaker Jimmy Jam, who has produced many of N.E.’s biggest hits, including “Can You Stand the Rain” and “If It Isn’t Love,” will speak at the ceremony as well as BET's President of Original Programming, Stephen Hill. The Walk of Fame event comes before the premiere of BET’s three-part miniseries The New Edition Story, which details the group’s rise from Boston teenagers to chart-topping R&B superstars.
The quintet suffered a small setback when Bobby Brown left the group in 1986 to pursue a solo career. Gill would eventually replace Brown and the group moved forward. Outside of the N.E., members Gill and Tresvant had successful solo careers. Meanwhile, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe teamed up as Bell Biv DeVoe and delivered "hip-hop smoothed out on the R&B tip with a pop feel to it."
Overall, New Edition have released eight multi-platinum albums and garnered over a dozen No. 1 songs.
The New Edition Story will air on Tuesday (Jan. 24), Wednesday (Jan. 25) and Thursday (Jan. 26) at 9PM ET on BET.