by Beautifully Said Team
New Edition was honored Monday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe made up the original boy band when they hit the music scene in the early 80’s. R&B singer Johnny Gill would later join after Brown embarked on a successful solo career. All six members were in attendance to receive the 2,600th star in the category of Recording on Hollywood Boulevard.
Legendary producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis along with BET executive Stephen Hill gave speeches on behalf of the members. Die hard NE fans flew in from everywhere to join the celebration.
“Ever since fans found out that New Edition was being honored with a Walk of Fame star, it has been non-stop inquiries about when the group was going to be honored. Well, the time has come and fans from around the world have booked their flights and are on their way to Hollywood to celebrate this momentous occasion,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
Ricky Bell said in an emotional statement about the longevity of their bond, “Our friendships, our relationships go so far back before New Edition. We came together because we had a passion and a desire to do something. It was simple, it was just to sing, just to dance, just to make some girls scream.”
With 30 years in a business where staying power is not always a factor, New Edition has indeed earned their accolade as musical legends. Along with a ‘star’, there will finally be a biopic about their lives in music with a three-part BET miniseries, The New Edition Story. It airs Jan. 24-26 on BET at 9 pm.
Name your favorite New Edition song.