US rapper and actor Ludacris has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The artist, whose real name is Chris Bridges, thanked his fans, family and “the people who showed up for me” and promised to “continue to shatter stereotypes” at the ceremony.
He has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide with songs including Stand Up, Get Back, Southern Hospitality, Number One Spot, Money Maker and My Chick Bad.
He also starred in the blockbuster franchise Fast And Furious.
Ludacris was joined at the Los Angeles ceremony by his co-star Vin Diesel and rapper LL Cool J, who both gave speeches.
He was also surprised by his daughter who had previously told him she would not be in Los Angeles to attend the event.
Karma Bridges described her father as “my rock, my hero” and “the perfect example of a father”.
Diesel also praised Ludacris’ curiosity, loyalty and gratitude and said he would not “be here” if not for the rapper.
“We’ve never seen anybody dominate the music world and then come and dominate cinema while being entrepreneurial in the way that he is,” he said.
In his own remarks, Ludacris thanked his “village” for helping him go from “a young man with a dream” to being honoured on the Walk of Fame.
“No matter what people say I can’t do, I will continue to shatter those stereotypes and show people it’s possible in order to make everyone who got me here proud,” he said.
“Because you all inspire my hard work and dedication to receive this star today. I’m motivated by legacy and history.
“And I am a culmination of the people who showed up for me today believing in me and pushing me to inspire me. I’m a reflection of you.”
Ludacris’ star is the 2,756th on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is awarded in the category of Motion Pictures.
It is located at 6426 Hollywood Boulevard.