Nelly Gets Star On St. Louis Walk of Fame

Known for his charitable

work and philanthropic contributions, rapper Nelly has received his own star

on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

The Star is given to St.

Louis natives whose accomplishments have had a national impact on the cultural

heritage of St. Louis.

The honor is a first for

the Grammy-award winning rapper and the St. Louis, Missouri native will be the

youngest inductee for the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Nelly, who attended University

City High School in St. Louis, is being honored because he often makes reference

to and promotes his hometown through his music and videos.

There are approximately

250 natives of the city from the past and present, that represent national luminaries

from fields such as art, music, architecture, literature, journalism, civil

rights, education, science, sports, acting, entertainment and broadcasting.

Nelly has been synonymous

with charitable work as of late. His non-profit, 4 Sho 4 Kids has sponsored

several bone marrow campaigns across the country to raise awareness and increase

the number of marrow donor members.

He also recently presented

a $50,000 check as a donation to the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation.

The donation will go towards

helping to build a memorial on the mall in Washington, D.C., in honor of the

civil rights legend, who was assassinated in 1968.

In other news, Nelly recently

struck a chord with parents on underage-drinking prevention by collaborating

with Anheuser-Busch on a series of ads.

The ad features Nelly talking

to parents about placing an emphasis on the important role they play in helping

teens make smart, responsible choices about not drinking.