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Life is fleeting. Notoriety, even more so. But the star-shaped piece of sidewalk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? It's got some staying power!
Perhaps that's why Jennifer Lopez couldn't hold back the tears on June 20 when presented with her own star, the 2,500th one installed along Hollywood Boulevard since the tradition began in 1958.
"I cried like almost 15 thousand times," she said after the induction ceremony, a "landmark moment" which included friends like Jane Fonda and Keenan Ivory Wayans. "It was so crazy. But I kept promising everybody I wasn't going to cry and they were like, 'Cry!' 'You're not helping!' But it was an amazing moment."
Truth be told, there doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to the star selection process. Why is Lopez getting a star when Fonda, who spoke at her induction ceremony, hasn't? Next year's TV-related inductees range from a soap star (Deidre Hall) to a Best Actress Emmy winner (Claire Danes). At 66, Sally Field has been famous for decades. So why is she only just slated for a star in 2014, and Kaley Cuoco, (who's all of 27) is getting one within months of that?
On the music front, Ozzy Osbourne and New Kids On the Block both already have stars, and Katy Perry and Jennifer Hudson are getting theirs this year. You don't even have to be alive: Tupac Shakur and Janis Joplin both made the list for upcoming stars. But no such luck for Coldplay or John Mayer or Marilyn Manson.
Will they draw the line at reality stars? Will tourists put their foot down (or, uh, refuse to put their foot down) on a Kim Kardashian star? How about Khloe? Is she famous enough?
These aren't questions that are worth keeping you up at night. So let's just say: Congrats J.Lo! We're not sure why you got picked (and not, say, Maggie Smith), but we're happy for you!
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.