David Guetta Becomes First DJ to be Handprinted at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
DJ and producer David Guetta became the first music industry artist to have his handprints put into cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood over the weekend, but don’t look for his imprint in the famous courtyard in front of the iconic theater.
A native of France, Guetta is the first to be tapped for Handprints Homage, a new program in which music stars, and some DJ’s, are immortalized in cement. The resulting imprint is then mounted on the wall of the renovated Grauman’s Ballroom, which is the new name of the completely renovated lobby of the Chinese 6 theater complex on the third floor of the theater adjacent to Hollywood-Highland.
That lobby, which leads to the six multi-plex theaters, is now a venue for events and parties, complete with a new kitchen.
Over the weekend the Chinese Theater kicked off a new program of events in the space with Guetta performing in front of about 800 people who paid to party and dance to his music. The theater plans to do various events about once a month going forward.
Guetta, according to a source, is one of the rare DJ’s to be so honored. Most of the artists the Chinese will immortalize in cement will be music stars who perform there, or are chosen to be honored there.
Guetta is a hot artist right now with his single "Without You," which has been number one on the top 40-airplay chart for two weeks. He also was nominated for two Grammy awards last week. One is for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Nothing But The Beat, his fifth studio album. The other nomination is for Best Dance Recording for the electronic track "Sunshine," produced with Swedish DJ Avicii.
Guetta won Grammys in 2010 and 2011 for Best Remixed Recording.
Guetta has also recently partnered with the website Vevo for a sweepstakes that runs through Dec. 26. The prizes include a trip to the Grammys, a trip to Disneyworld and equipment including an Ipad 2 and headphones.
Guetta recently was the opening act on the American Music Awards as part of a performance by Nicki Minaj.
There are also screenings this month of Guetta’s documentary film Nothing But The Beat, about his career and rise from underground house DJ to being a star in his own right.