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Hip-hop icon and fashion mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs received a star on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame" here Friday, becoming the first male rapper to be honored on the famous stretch of sidewalk. The 38-year-old Grammy-winning rap icon was on hand for the unveiling of the 2,362nd star to be laid on Hollywood Boulevard, paying an emotional tribute to his parents at a ceremony attended by hundreds of wellwishers. "Today is one of the best days of my life," Combs said as fans shouted "We love you Diddy!" "Today is proof if you believe, all your dreams can come true," said Combs, thanking late honorary mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant, "who made all this possible." Combs dedicated the star to his father Melvin who was shot dead in 1972, as well as his grandmother, saying both were "shining down on me." His mother, Janice, was also showered with praise before standing alongside her son on a podium. "If it wasn't for my mother, I wouldn't be here," said Combs. "You can get a lot of honors, but there's nothing that means as much as the love of your mother. This right here, I hope it makes you proud Mom." Born in Harlem, New York in 1969, Combs rose to prominence during the 1990s as founder and chief executive of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment and Sean Combs Enterprises.
Wow. I had no idea that there have been no rappers honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before now. Personally, I think that really sucks ... but I suppose it's a good thing that Diddy has finally eliminated that barrier by receiving his star. Hopefully other talented artists in the rap music field will now be honored as well. Congrats, Diddy. [Source]
In fine Diddy fashion, the official afterparty for the Combs family was held at nearby Mel's Diner near the Hollywood and Highland Complex where Diddy got his star:
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You know, for as opulent as Diddy is wont to be, he does have a knack for keepin' it real from time to time. Instead of poppin' Cristal with his homies he decided to have burgers and milkshakes with his children. That's kinda fly, if you ask me. Well done.