Grammy-winning singers Pentatonix made history by becoming the first a cappella group to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The US group thanked their fans at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday, reminding people that skepticism is “the first sign they’re doing something groundbreaking.”
Pentatonix consists of five members: Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Orsola, and Matt Sully.
All five members gave speeches at the ceremony, with Hoying telling fans to “lean” into their bold ideas and dreams.
“When we were just starting out, five people singing a cappella on the internet claiming they wanted to win a Grammy, sell out arenas, and star on the Walk of Fame could be a difficult route. I knew right away,” he said.
“But against all odds it happened. Without passionate fans who remind us every day that what we do is making an impact, we wouldn’t do it.” I wouldn’t have had the ability to achieve or pursue it.
“The reason I tell the story is to remind myself and hopefully inspire those who feel they lack talent, coolness, or specialness.
“If you’re in a room full of people staring blankly at you or really looking away when you’re talking about your ideas and dreams, lean into it.
“This is a sign that you are in the beginning stages of making history.”
Maldonado paid tribute to his partner and newborn baby and was “humbled” by the recognition.
“I am so proud of what this group has achieved together and individually, and how we have supported each other’s diversity and dreams.
“I am truly grateful. Words cannot express my gratitude.”
Pentatonix has gained global recognition with back-to-back #1 albums in the US with Pentatonix and A Pentatonix Christmas, which also performed well around the world.
The group made history as the first a cappella act to win Best Instrumental or A Cappella Arrangement at both the 2015 and 2016 Grammy Awards.
A year later, they won their third Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for a duet with country superstar Dolly Parton on their hit Jolene.
The Pentatonix star to win in the live performance category is the 2,748th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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