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OTRC: Melissa Etheridge gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Melissa Etheridge receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 27, 2011.

Melissa Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, September 27.

"It's going to be here forever. So like, after the Zombie Apocalypse, they're going to come here and they're going to dig up Hollywood and they're going to see my name," Etheridge joked at the ceremony.

Etheridge rose to fame with her 1993 album, "Yes I Am," which included her hit singles "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," which earned the singer her second Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. The 50-year-old singer also earned a 2007 Academy Award for her song "I Need To Wake Up," which was featured on the soundtrack for "An Inconvenient Truth."

"It's been an amazing journey and it continues to be an amazing journey," Etheridge told the crowd at the ceremony. "I feel kind of young to have this happen but I'll take it, it's great."

Etheridge grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas and went on to attend college at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After three semesters, the singer dropped out to attempt a career in Los Angeles. She was signed to Island Records in 1986.

In her speech, the singer thanked her mother, kids and the cast and crew of "Nurse Jackie." Etheridge is dating "Nurse Jackie" creator Linda Wallem after being best friends for over 10 years. The singer has also contributed music to the Showtime series.

Etheridge came out as a lesbian in January 1993 and has worked as a gay rights activist. The singer has had a long-term partnership with Julie Cypher, who carried the couple's children Bailey Jean and Beckett with musician David Crosby acting as the sperm donor. The couple separated in 2000.

In 2003, Etheridge had a commitment ceremony actress Tammy Lynn Michaels in Malibu. In 2006, welcomed daughter, Johnnie Rose and SON, Miller Steven with the help of an anonymous donor.

The couple announced that they planned to marry in 2008, but California's Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriage a month after and the couple separated in April, 2010.

Etheridge, who is a breast cancer survivor continued, "If nothing else, let this be an inspiration. Let my life have been an inspiration to anyone - gay, straight, breast cancer, woman, mother, any human being who receives the inspiration from my story."

"Let that be because if nothing else, to show the world that you can have a dream," Etheridge continued. "That you can grow up in a small Midwestern town and believe and desire and create a life and end up with your star on the Walk of fame in Hollywood Boulevard. Believe in your dreams, my friends, believe, because they do come true and they're beautiful."

She received the 2,450th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was located in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Tuesday also marked Hard Rock's Pinktober campaign, which will include a series of concerts and celebrity events to raise money and breast cancer awareness.

Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and has been an artist ambassador for Pinktober for six years. She thanked the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for her prime "real estate" on the Walk of Fame.

Etheridge rose to fame with her 1993 album, "Yes I Am," which included her hit singles "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," which earned the singer her second Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. The 50-year-old singer also earned a 2007 Academy Award for her song "I Need To Wake Up," which was featured on the soundtrack for "An Inconvenient Truth."

"It's been an amazing journey and it continues to be an amazing journey," Etheridge told the crowd at the ceremony. "I feel kind of young to have this happen but I'll take it, it's great."

Etheridge grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas and went on to attend college at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After three semesters, the singer dropped out to attempt a career in Los Angeles. She was signed to Island Records in 1986.

In her speech, the singer thanked her mother, kids and the cast and crew of "Nurse Jackie." Etheridge is dating "Nurse Jackie" creator Linda Wallem after being best friends for over 10 years. The singer has also contributed music to the Showtime series.

Etheridge came out as a lesbian in January 1993 and has worked as a gay rights activist. The singer has had a long-term partnership with Julie Cypher, who carried the couple's children Bailey Jean and Beckett with musician David Crosby acting as the sperm donor. The couple separated in 2000.

In 2003, Etheridge had a commitment ceremony actress Tammy Lynn Michaels in Malibu. In 2006, welcomed daughter, Johnnie Rose and SON, Miller Steven with the help of an anonymous donor.

The couple announced that they planned to marry in 2008, but California's Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriage a month after and the couple separated in April, 2010.

Etheridge, who is a breast cancer survivor continued, "If nothing else, let this be an inspiration. Let my life have been an inspiration to anyone - gay, straight, breast cancer, woman, mother, any human being who receives the inspiration from my story."

"Let that be because if nothing else, to show the world that you can have a dream," Etheridge continued. "That you can grow up in a small Midwestern town and believe and desire and create a life and end up with your star on the Walk of fame in Hollywood Boulevard. Believe in your dreams, my friends, believe, because they do come true and they're beautiful."

She received the 2,450th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was located in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Tuesday also marked Hard Rock's Pinktober campaign, which will include a series of concerts and celebrity events to raise money and breast cancer awareness.

Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and has been an artist ambassador for Pinktober for six years. She thanked the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for her prime "real estate" on the Walk of Fame.

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