HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – R&B singer, songwriter and music producer Kenneth
“Babyface” Edmonds, who has collected 10 Grammy Awards and has penned or
produced tunes for artists ranging from Whitney Houston to Michael Jackson to
John Mellencamp, received the 2,508th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.
The ceremony near the W Hollywood hotel came about a month before the
release of his duets album with Toni Braxton, titled “Love, Marriage &
Usher, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Antonio “L.A.” Reid were among
those joining Edmonds at the ceremony
Edmonds, 54, was born in Indianapolis and began writing songs while in
high school. He was nicknamed “Babyface” by Bootsy Collins, with whom he
performed as a teen.
He was a member of the groups Manchild and The Deele, which also
included Reid. He penned the song “Slow-Jam” for the R&B group Midnight Star,
giving him one of his first major songwriting credits. He went on to write and
produce for performers including Paula Abdul, Bobby Brown and Sheena Easton,
then co-founded LaFace Records with Reid, featuring artists such as TLC and
Edmonds has produced and written music for a host of R&B and pop greats,
earning him three Grammys for producer of the year, from 1995-97.