Dame Shirley Bassey Honored at London’s Version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Dame Shirley Bassey performing at HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Eightieth Birthday Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall

As posted earlier this week on Facebook London’s getting its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On Tuesday (September 4) Royal Albert Hall commemorated some of the most famous people who have contributed to the venue since its opening 150 years ago with engraved paving stones. Adele is among the first 11 celebrities to be honored.

The 30-year-old singer is the youngest star the legendary concert hall recognized. Her 2011 rendition of “Set Fire To The Rain” at the venue won a Grammy for best pop solo performance.

Adele is joined by fellow musicians Eric Claptonwho has performed at Royal Albert Hall 200 times; Dame Shirley Basseywho has performed there 45 times, and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, who has hosted several Teenage Cancer Trust concerts since 2000.

The first star is dedicated to Queen Victoria, who laid foundation stone in 1867 ahead of the hall’s official opening in 1871. Another pays tribute to the Suffragettes, who held 25 meetings there between 1908 and 1918.

Sir Winston Churchill is honored for the 16 speeches he made at the venue between 1911 and 1959, as well as Albert Einstein, who addressed the venue in 1933 about his fears over the state of Europe ahead of Hitler’s election that year. Muhammad Ali, who fought at the hall three times between 1971 and 1979, also received a stone.

The unveiling is part of the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th Anniversary celebration.

And what better way to end this blog post than with these wonderful performances by the Dame at the Royal Albert Hall in 1972 and in 2001.