Backstreet Boys to get star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kevin Richardson, front, right, leads the Backstreet Boys on stage at Riverbend on Tuesday August 16, 2005 in Cincinnati. © Herald-Leader staff photo by Mark Cornelison.

The Backstreet Boys and their fans got some big news this week The group, which includes Central Kentuckians Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, learned it will be getting its star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. The group’s fellow music honorees will include another huge boy band of the 1990s, New Kids on the Block, as well as Jennifer Hudson, Jane’s Addiction, Usher, Thalia and posthumous stars for Janis Joplin and Luther Vandross.

We talked to Richardson Tuesday for a story that will be in the Herald-Leader and online at Sundayabout what is going on in his career, and we took a moment to get his thoughts on the star.

“It is an honor, it’s a big honor,” Richardson said. “I grew up in Kentucky, and you grow up seeing star ceremonies on TV and stuff, and it’s a little surreal. It’s a huge honor. We’re joining some pretty good company there.”

Asked what company he’s excited about joining, Richardson said, “Pretty much anybody and everybody that you can think about as far as of great actors, great rock bands … Paul McCartney got his last year. They had a big live webcast right after he got his star, he went into Capitol Records and did a live performance and broadcast it over the web. So we’re joining some amazing artists. ”

Other 2013 star recipients will include Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, actor and director Ron Howard, James Franco, Viola Davis, and TV stars Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Katy Sagal and Matthew Perry.

Richardson also talked to us about his film work including The Casserole Club, which comes out on home video Tuesday, July 3, and getting back together with the Backstreet Boys to record in London, next month.

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