Rapper and actor Ludacris — whose real name is Chris Bridges — was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the 2,756th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, awarded in the “Motion Pictures” category.
His daughter, Karma Bridges, made a surprise appearance and described Ludacris as “my rock, my hero” and “the perfect example of a father.”
“After receiving your text on Thursday, asking if I could make it to L.A. for your Hollywood star — it took everything in me to come up with an excuse of why I couldn’t make it here today,” Karma told her father. “The truth is, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
“I am so proud of you, Dad. Congratulations to a legend of an artist and a legend of a father.”
Fellow musician LL Cool J and “Fast and Furious” co-star Vin Diesel both gave speeches at the ceremony, which was livestreamed Thursday. Queen Latifah, comedian Larry Wilmore and “Fast and Furious” actor Tyrese Gibson were among those attending.
LL Cool J called his close friend a “true titan,” saying the honor was well-deserved.
“You burst on the rap scene 25 years ago,” he said, as the crowd cheered. “Look at you now. You’re multi-hyphenate — an icon, a rap superstar, A-list actor, business mogul.”
Diesel followed LL Cool J’s speech and shared the star’s “unmatched” accomplishments, calling Ludacris a favorite “uncle” to his own kids.
“I could take two lifetimes explaining to the world the significance, your significance both to the world and to my family,” said Diesel. “We’ve never seen anybody dominate the music world and then come and dominate cinema while being entrepreneurial in the way that he is.”
Diesel also mentioned that nobody can know Ludacris without seeing his gratitude — the most important element in life. As he called him his brother, Diesel said that where he comes from, people say “I would die for you” as a form of affection.