The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Boyz II Men with the first star of 2012 on January 5, at 11:30 a.m. at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard. Emcee Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will help Boyz II Men unveil the 2456th Star in the Category of Recording.
In the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet, but original member Michael McCary left the group in 2003 due to health issues. Currently the group is a trio signed to Decca Records, with founding members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman.
A truly iconic band, Boyz II Men redefined R&B and revolutionized the genre. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, the band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated songs and timeless classics of the past two decades. The group’s 4 Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg: throughout their 20-year career, Boyz II Men have also won 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, and 3 Billboard Awards.
This iconic group has earned the honor of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. And the reason is abundantly clear: for the past two decades Boyz II Men have given fans a catalogue of iconic hits brimming with rich, smooth harmonies and the kind of resonant themes that appeal across generations. And for Boyz II Men the hits just keep on coming—the group continues to craft new albums and bring their legendary act to stages across the world.
Boyz II Men’s most recent albums have earned them major critical acclaim. Their Decca label debut, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA (Decca/Universal), on November 13, 2007 earned them two Grammy Nominations. This collection of Detroit soul classics took the music scene by storm: Motown rose to No. 27 on the Billboard Top 200 and to No. 6 on the trade’s R&B Albums chart. The album earned two Grammy Award nominations, for “Best R&B Album” and “Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals” (for the Stevie Wonder cover “Ribbons In The Sky”) and sparked the release of Boyz II Men’s first full-length live concert DVD, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA – Live (Decca/Universal, released 12/9/07).
They followed up the success of Motown with their latest album, Love. Released November 17, 2009 on Decca, Love is a collection of timeless songs from the heart, one that spans multiple genres and generations. Working once again with Motown producer Randy Jackson, Boyz II Menbring their distinctive individual voices and peerless harmonies to bear on songs made famous by Bonnie Raitt, The Manhattans, Journey, The Spinners, Sam Cooke, Cyndi Lauper, and the Beatles.
Boyz II Men marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled Twenty. The album contains the group’s first original material in nearly a decade as well as a dozen remasetered classic, career-defining hits. Twenty debuted at #20 ON THE Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, #4 on the Billboard R&B album chart, #10 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and placed #1 on the iTunes R&B Soul Album chart. Twenty’s first single, “More Than You’ll Ever Know” cracked into the top 15 on Urban AC charts and is still climbing.
Boyz II Men’s past hits include: End of the Road, I’ll Make Love to You, One Sweet Day, Motownphilly and many others.
Boyz II Men have won fans the world over with their soulful multi-octave sound and incredible vocals. Given the monumental success of their albums and the timeless quality of their vocals, it’s easy to see why Boyz II Men remains the most popular R&B group of all time. Ask any successful pop or R&B superstar which artists have inspired them- chances are Boyz II Men will be spotlighted. From Justin Timberlake and Usher to Justin Bieber and Beyonce, the most successful stars in the industry look to Boyz II Men as their idols.
The group has its own charity called Boyz II Men House which lends support to individuals and organizations that focus on improving quality of life and helping to unlock human potential, while contributing to the health and vitality of those less fortunate.
On a final note, Boyz II Men have made R&B accessible to the masses and helped the genre come into its own—and fans throughout the world still flock to see them perform at sold out shows.
The band continues to tour across the country and around the globe, performing a mix of their latest tracks and treasured classics. And with Boyz II Men receiving the first star of 2012 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it appears that 2012 is already shaping up to be another busy year for the Boyz. The band is closing out the year with tour dates in Florida and New York, before touring overseas in mid January 2012.
For more information on the band, please visit: http://www.boyziimen.com
Source: Hollywood Walk of Fame PR for bio information and ceremony information