MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Carrie Underwood joins the ranks of John Wayne and Judy Garland when she gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Checotah country star is to get her star during a dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Her star will be laid at 1750 N. Vine St. in front of Capitol Records.
According to a media release, Underwood will receive the Walk of Fame’s 2,646th star. She will receive it in the category of Recording.
The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, said Underwood fans will be thrilled to hear about the addition.
“People from all over the world have been asking when she will be honored, and we are proud to say, the time is now,” Martinez said in a media release. “We welcome everyone to Hollywood to cheer her on!”
Checotah Mayor Daniel Tarkington said he’s proud of the hometown singer’s achievement.
“It’s always exciting that someone from a small town like Checotah is being recognized,” Tarkington said. “We want to tell her congratulations and we’re just excited for her.”
Underwood was a Northeastern State University student in 2005, when she won the TV talent show “American Idol.” Since then, she has become what the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce called a “true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television and film.”
Underwood won seven GRAMMY Awards and recorded 26 No. 1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote.
She was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
OMHOF Executive Director Jermaine Mondaine called Underwood’s Walk of Fame star “yet another example of how prolific Oklahoma music is.”
“We honor Oklahoma music because it is so prolific,” he said. “In a world where the music industry struggles to stay relevant, Carrie Underwood has managed to do it for 13 years.”
OMHOF curator Ron Boren said he briefly met Underwood at the 2009 induction.
“She’s just a wonderful role model for kids aspiring to get out there and do the right thing,” Boren said. “She’s just handled herself beautifully. In the world of entertainment, it’s a tough place to thrive the way she has done.”
Tarkington said Underwood has never forgotten her Checotah roots.
“I know around in the community, I know everybody is excited about what she has done for us and what she continues to do keep doing for us,” Tarkington said. “We’ve always been proud of Carrie, and we’re grateful she has continuously given back to the community from where she’s from.”
Underwood established the Checotah Animal, Town, and School (CATS) Foundation in 2009. Since then, the foundation has awarded scholarships, assisted the Happy Paws Animal Shelter and, most recently, donated new stage curtains to Checotah High School.
Leron Gubler, president and chief executive officer of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, will unveil the star at the ceremony. It also will feature Simon Cowell, who was a judge when Underwood won “American Idol,” and Brad Paisley, who will join Underwood as cohost of the CMA Awards in November.
For more than 58 years, the Hollywood Walk of Fame has immortalized stars in movies, television, recording and other areas of entertainment.
The first star laid on the Walk of Fame was in March 28, 1960, for director Stanley Kramer. He is known for such films as “Judgment at Nuremberg.”
Some other Oklahomans on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are Patti Page, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and James Garner.