Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson received a star Thursday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jackson was surrounded by his friends, including former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, and hip-hop stars Dr. Dre and Eminem. Albrecht praised the rapper, actor, and producer for the success of his hit TV show Power.
“This guy can do something none of his peers have been able to accomplish yet, he can build a major television production company,” Albrecht said.
Eminem talked about discovering Jackson as a young rapper.
“I knew that the dude sitting across from me was just different,” he said. “I think Dre and me knew that if it worked on us then it was going to work on the rest of the world and I’m glad that we trusted our instincts.”
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Jackson was honored with the 2,686th star on the Walk Of Fame in the category of recording for his work in the music industry.
His debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was released in 2003, and sold over 872,000 copies in its first week.
Over the years, Jackson’s music has garnered 14 Grammy nominations and one win. Still, the rapper said he considers the Hollywood star a highlight of his career, especially after he was nominated for five Grammys in 2003, including best new artist, but didn’t win a single award.
“I told Em, I felt like this was a lifetime achievement award for me and it’s because I didn’t receive a lot of awards according to the success of the music,” Jackson said.
“The best new artist, man they gave that sh-t to Evanescence. Can you find f–king Evanescence?” Jackson said to laughter. “I ain’t seen Evanescence since that night, the night they gave them the trophy.”
Earlier this month, Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan filed a discrimination complaint against the academy, which hands out the Grammys. The complaint alleged voting corruption in the organization, and repeated a frequent assertion that African Americans rarely win the most prestigious Grammy Awards.
Watch the video of Jackson’s star ceremony below.