Founded in 1986, the Music Alliance works to preserve and highlight the musical achievements that come out of the city and serves as a resource to students, educators and musicians in the Philadelphia area. The class of 2015 inductees includes The Roots, Ray Benson, Billie Holiday, Cinderella, The Trammps, Andrea McArdle and Harvey Holiday.
Being inducted into the Walk of Fame is contingent upon two criteria: the artist must have been born, lived, worked, been educated or gained fame in the Philadelphia region and the artist’s work must contribute to the music industry nationally or internationally for the span of 15 years or more.
The gala was hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo and featured an appearance from late-night television host Jimmy Fallon as he introduced The Roots who work as the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Upon receiving this honor, inductees get a plaque on the Walk of Fame, which is a span of over 100 bronze plaques lining a portion of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. The unveiling of the plaques took place on Monday morning. The Walk of Fame can be found along South Broad St. from Walnut St. to Spruce St.