A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled Friday honoring Salt-N-Pepa for a career that has included receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and having the best-selling album among female rap artists, “Very Necessary.”
Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton will be joined in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony adjacent to Amoeba Music by DJ Spinderella, who had been the group’s DJ; MC Lyte, the rapper, DJ, actress and entrepreneur; and rapper Roxanne Shante.
Salt-N-Pepa will be receiving their star two years later than planned. A planned 2020 ceremony was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez told City News Service she granted Salt-N-Pepa’s request that their star to be near the star of their hip-hop favorite, Missy Elliott.
The star is the 2,738th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.
The ceremony will be streamed on the Walk of Fame’s website, www.walkoffame.com.
James and Denton met as students at Queensborough Community College in Bayside, Queens, where they created a diss track that became a local hit. Soon after Deidra “Spinderella” Roper joined the duo as their official DJ when she was 16. Spinderella is considered the most celebrated and iconic female DJ in hip-hop.
Salt-N-Pepa released their debut album “Hot, Cool & Vicious” in 1986 went platinum. It included the single, “Push It,” which brought them a best rap performance Grammy nomination.
The group released its second album, “A Salt with a Deadly Pepa,” in 1988, which went gold.
Their third album, 1990’s “Blacks’ Magic,” went platinum and included the single, “Let’s Talk About Sex,” which received a Grammy nomination for best rap performance by a duo or group.
“Very Necessary,” released in 1993, sold 3.2 million copies, went platinum five times, and brought the group its lone Grammy in competition, for best rap performance by a duo or group for “None Of Your Business.”
The album included a second Grammy nominee, “Whatta Man,” which featured En Vogue, and was nominated for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal.
Salt-N-Pepa’s single “Champagne” from the soundtrack for the 1996 action-comedy film, “Bulletproof,” brought them a Grammy nomination for best rap performance by a duo or group.
The Recording Academy announced in 2020 that Salt-N-Pepa would receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.