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Sheila E’s Star Cements Her Place In History

By Billy Montgomery Affectionally known as “the Queen of Percussion,” Sheila E. received her star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, marking the first time a female percussionist was honored on the boulevard.

Flanked by fans safely distanced on all sides, the July 12 ceremony was held in front of the Musicians Institute at 6752 Hollywood Blvd. Among the notables celebrating her accomplishment were: Grammy and Oscar-winning R&B singer H.E.R., and Ringo Starr, who both spoke about the female drummer’s influence in music. The ceremony was emceed by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and star recipient Jimmy Jam.

During the event, H.E.R. said Sheila E. was instrumental in her development as singer/musician as she listened to the awardee’s music growing up. Starr bragged about her performance stamina reflecting on how she played with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, 2001-2006.

The award program emcee Jimmy Jam and his producing partner, Terry Lewis, received award nominations for outstanding music direction in 2020 as music directors during the Grammy’s Salute to the "Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute To Prince."

Other honors have graced her stellar career including four Grammy nominations in 1985 from her inaugural album, “The Glamourous Life.” Facing stiff competition from Cyndi Lauper, Sheila E. received nominations including best new artist, best pop vocal performance, female, and best R&B Song.

Her second album "Romance 1600" came out during that Grammy-nominated year, and was certified gold as her first album. She has produced ten albums during her illustrious career.

From the Bay area, her full name is Sheila Escovedo and she has toured with legends such as Marvin Gaye and Lionel Richie. Her collaborations include performances with Beyoncé, Phil Collins, and Gloria Estefan. Photography: Billy Montgomery


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