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HOLLYWOOD — Rapper Snoop Dogg, a 16-time Grammy nominee, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Nov. 19, four days before the 25th anniversary of the release of his debut album “Doggystyle.”
Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, record producer Quincy Jones and the rapper Dr. Dre were among those attending the ceremony in front of the El Capitan Entertainment Center on Hollywood Boulevard where Kimmel’s show is taped.
After thanking friends and family, Snoop Dogg ended his acceptance speech by quipping, “I want to thank me.”
“I want to thank me for believing in me,” he said. “I want to thank me for doing all this hard work. I want to thank me for having no days off. I want to thank me for never quitting. I want to thank me for always being a giver, and trying to give more than I receive. I want to thank me for trying to do more right than wrong. I want to thank me for just being me at all times.”
Born Calvin Broadus on Oct. 20, 1971 in Long Beach, he got his stage name from his mother Beverly who joked he looked like the Peanuts character Snoopy.
Snoop Dogg’s rap career began by making mixtapes with his cousins Nate Dogg and Lil 1/2 Dead and friend Warren G. One tape was heard by Dr. Dre, who invited him to audition.
“Doggystyle,” released on Nov. 23, 1993, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 11 million copies worldwide through November 2015.
Snoop Dogg’s other memorable works include “Gin & Juice,” “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Nuthin’ But A `G’ Thang,” “Next Episode,” “Beautiful,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Signs,” “Sensual Seduction” and “I Wanna Rock.”
Snoop Dogg’s 16th and most recent studio album, “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible Of Love,” was released March 16, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for eight weeks. It was his first foray into the gospel music genre.
Snoop Dogg and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart have co-hosted the VH1 variety series, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” since 2016. His other television projects have included the 2002-03 MTV sketch comedy series “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle,” the 2009 MTV talk show, “Dogg After Dark” and the 2007-09 E! Entertainment Television documentary series, “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood.”
Snoop Dogg has had supporting and cameo roles in such films as “Training Day,” “Starsky & Hutch” and “Bruno.” He has appeared on such scripted television series as “One Life to Live,” “Empire,” “Monk” and “Las Vegas,” and has been a voice actor on episodes of “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.”
Snoop Dogg established the Snoop Youth Football League in 2005.
Snoop Dogg’s brushes with the law began as a teenager and include the 1996 acquittal with his bodyguard of first- and second-degree murder charges in the 1993 shooting death of a gang member at a Palms park.