By the time 2008 came around, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn — better known as Brooks & Dunn — were already well-established country music superstars. With 20 No. 1 hits and 19 CMA Awards under their belts, including 14 in the vocal duo of the year category, there were few accolades left for them to win. But in August of that year they earned one more big honor — a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Both Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife Robin were on hand for the ceremony honoring the country music duo on the famous Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk, which took place nine years ago this week. Dr. Phil even spoke glowingly of their many career achievements before the unveiling of the Walk of Fame’s 2,367th star.

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“These guys are the real deal,” he said of the honorees. “There’s never been a more deserving pair to have a star on the Walk of Fame.”

Kix and Ronnie also each took the podium to share their gratitude and excitement for what they described as a “surreal” moment.

“You know, our name is going to be on [there] saying ‘Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks’ or ‘Brooks & Dunn,’” Ronnie said, “but there are hundreds of people that should be in that stone with us all the way from friends and family, to managers and guys in the band.”

“For us, to have your name on a star in Hollywood seems so out of reach,” Brooks added. “To walk along as a fan — I see Morgan Freeman’s name right next to us — to think of the talent that is recognized in these stars along this walk. I think we probably identify more with you guys [the fans], probably a lot more than the names that are on these stars.”

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The CMA’s 1996 entertainers of the year, Brooks & Dunn are best know for such hits as “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “My Maria” and “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You.”

In August 2009 — one year after they earned their Hollywood Walk of Fame star — Brooks & Dunn announced they were splitting up. Then, in 2015, they reunited for a Las Vegas residency with fellow country star Reba McEntire. That residency at Caesars Palace, dubbed “Reba, Brooks & Dunn Together in Vegas,” picks up again in late November.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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