The Puerto Rican singer's name will be added to those already shining on the famous Walk of Fame

By People Staff
June 22, 2007 11:05 AM

Singer Ricky Martin will be getting a star of his own this year on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, according to the Chamber of Commerce in that California county.

The Puerto Rican star was chosen because of his professional achievements throughout his career, his exemplary course and his contributions to the community. These criteria are a must in the eyes of the organization that for years has recognized the work of artists who have their own stars on Hollywood Boulevard.

“I’m really delighted by the news. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of those places where every artist wants to arrive at some point in his career. I thank the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and I hope to see you soon in Los Angeles to share this moment,” said Ricky in a press release.

Martin, 35, who is on the third leg of his “Black and White”tour, added that this honor is a dream come true.

“I, like many others, walked on [Hollywood] Boulevard many times to see the stars of some the greatest musical legends in history, and I have thought about how they have touched so many people.It’s a special honor for me to know that I will have a star next to artists I have admired and respected, such as The Beatles, Bob Marley and Celia Cruz,” said the artist who joined forces with Habitat For Humanity to build more than 200 houses for the victims of the tsunami in Thailand.

Ricky Martin has sold more than 55 million CDs around the world.As a UNICEF ambassador, he has championed children’s rights, and through the foundation that bears his name, he spoke last year in front of the U.S. Congress about the subject of child trafficking. The Latin music star also became involved, with Bill Gates in the Llama y Vive campaign, a program aimed at educating thousands of children in Latin America about the danger of predators on the Internet.