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Songwriter/Producer Glen Ballard Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Songwriter/Producer Glen Ballard Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

In 1990, writer/producer Glen Ballard helped Wilson Phillips release a multiplatinum debut album that spawned three No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 – “Hold On,” “Release Me” and “You’re in Love.” On July 11, the pop trio will repay the favor by speaking as Ballard receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Roger Bart, who received a Tony nomination for his leading role in Back to the Future: The Musicalwill also speak at Ballard’s star ceremony. Ballard collaborated with Alan Silvestri to write the music for the musical adaptation of that 1985 film. The show opened on Broadway in August and is still running.

Ballard is a six-time Grammy winner. He has won four awards for his work with Alanis Morissette – Album of the Year and Best Rock Album for Serrated small pillBest Rock Song for “You Oughta Know” and Best Video for Jagged Little Pill – Live. Ballard’s other two Grammys are for co-arranging a song on Quincy Jones’ Back on the block and for co-writing (with Silvestri) “Believe” by The North Pole ExpressBallard and Silvestri also received an Oscar nomination for co-writing that song, which was sung on the film’s soundtrack by Josh Groban.

Ballard, 71, has been nominated twice for song of the year Grammys for “Hold On” and “You Oughta Know.” (Ballard almost certainly would have been nominated in that category for co-writing the Michael Jackson classic “Man in the Mirror,” but Grammy rules at the time made him ineligible. The song, which Ballard co-wrote with Siedah Garrett, topped the Hot 100 in 1988.)

Ballard has received two Grammy nominations for producer of the year, non-classical. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2023.

Ballard has also worked with Dave Matthews Band, No Doubt, Shelby Lynne, Goo Goo Dolls, POD Annie Lennox and many more.

The star ceremony will take place at 11:30 p.m. PT. The event will be streamed live at walkoffame.com. Ballard’s star is located at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard. Steve Nissen, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, will officiate. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce manages the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the city of Los Angeles and has organized the star ceremonies for decades.