The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the 24 honorees who will be bequeathed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year — if, of course, they shell out that $30,000 celebrities are asked to pay to, er, cement the honor. Some of the choices make sense to us — Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren, Jane Lynch all definitely deserve stars, even if the whole thing is a racket that ends up with gum trod into your name — but some seem a little bizarre. After all, if the HCC was going to give the Backstreet Boys and NKOTB stars, why do it in 2012 at the peak of their irrelevance? And you’re only just noticing Janis Joplin now? Click through to check out the complete list of honorees, and let us know what you think in the comments.
Motion Pictures: Rick Baker Javier Bardem Viola Davis James Franco Ron Howard Helen Mirren
Television: Simon Baker Bryan Cranston Ellen DeGeneres Jane Lynch Katey Sagal Matthew Perry
Recording: The Backstreet Boys Jennifer Hudson Jane’s Addiction Janis Joplin (Posthumous) New Kids On The Block Usher Raymond IV Thalia Luther Vandross (Posthumous)
Live Theatre/Performance: Olympia Dukakis Penn & Teller
Radio: Steve Harvey “Shotgun Tom” Kelly