Believe it or not, Rihanna is turning 30! The star has accomplished a lot during her career — she even had a street named after her in 2017! In celebration of RiRi's birthday on Feb. 20, 2018, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at all the stars who have boulevards, roads and drives named after them, starting with the Bajan star herself! The Fenty Beauty founder was honored in Bridgetown, Barbados, as the street she grew up on as a child was renamed after her. Westbury New Road was officially re-christened "Rihanna Drive" in November 2017 during a special ceremony. Keep reading to see what other stars have streets named after them…
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New York City officials renamed West 53rd Street west of Broadway "U2 Way" in March 2009. Band members Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge were on hand for the special renaming ceremony. The renaming was only temporary, however, and lasted for one week while the band was in town performing on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman."
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In honor of music icon Elvis Presley, the city council of Memphis, Tennessee, voted to change the name of Highway 51 South to "Elvis Presley Boulevard" on June 29, 1971. The first sign was erected in January 1972 at a ceremony outside of Graceland that was attended by Elvis' father, Vernon Presley.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was honored by his hometown of Warren, Ohio, in an alleyway renaming ceremony in 2009. "David Grohl Alley" officially opened on Aug. 1, 2009. Dave attended the dedication along with his mom, dad and stepmom.
Jimi Hendrix is a music legend who definitely deserved this tribute. A street in Bellingham, Washington, was renamed "Jimi Hendrix Way" after the iconic guitarist, who was born and raised in Seattle.
Betty White is a Hollywood legend who has a street named after her. "Betty White Road" in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, is named in honor of the TV star who, interestingly enough, has no ties to the Gulf Coast.
Hip-hop mogul JAY-Z has a street named after him, but it's not in the rapper's hometown of Brooklyn, New York… the street is, surprisingly, in Africa! Nigerian Governor Bukola Saraki renamed a street in Kwara State, Nigeria, "Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter Road" after the rapper launched a "Water for Life" project there in 2006.
The Beatles' John Lennon has a street named after him in his hometown. "John Lennon Drive" is located in Liverpool, England — as are the Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the John Lennon Peace Monument and host of other tributes to the late singer.
Paul McCartney also has a street named after him in Liverpool, England, just like his Beatles bandmate John Lennon. "Paul McCartney Way" honors the musician for all of his contributions as a singer and songwriter.
Hollywood icon Judy Garland was honored with a street in Culver City, California. A residential neighborhood that was built on the former backlot of MGM Studios now includes a cluster of roadways — including "Garland Drive" — that are named after some of Hollywood's most legendary stars.
Music legend Bob Dylan has a street named after him in Duluth, Minnesota, which is the singer's hometown. The City of Duluth designated a cultural pathway "Bob Dylan Way" to commemorate Bob's 65th birthday in May 2006. The 1.8 mile street winds through Duluth's downtown area.
Reggae legend Bob Marley has a street named after him, but it's not in the singer's native Jamaica. Church Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, was renamed "Bob Marley Boulevard" in 2006.
Hip-hop group Run DMC was honored in their New York City neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, with a street name. The corner of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue was renamed "Run-DMC JMJ Way" in June 2009.
Frank Sinatra is so legendary that he has multiple streets named after him. "Frank Sinatra Drive" in Rancho Mirage, California, was named for the singer, who'd lived on the street from 1957 to 1995. The city of Hoboken, New Jersey — Frank's hometown — also honored the singer by renaming a pathway "Frank Sinatra Drive."
Katharine Hepburn is another classic Hollywood icon who's been honored with a street in Culver City, California. "Hepburn Circle" is located near "[Judy] Garland Drive" in a neighborhood that was built on the former backlot of MGM Studios.
In June 2011, a section of 36th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago was renamed "Sam Cooke Way" in honor of soul singer Sam Cooke. This stretch of Cottage Grove Avenue was picked because of its proximity to a corner where a teenaged Sam would hang out and practice his now legendary vocals.
Tom Petty was honored with a nearly mile-long stretch of street in Dickson, Tennessee. No word on why the residents of Dickson chose to rename the street "Tom Petty Road" considering Tom had no ties to the city. Maybe they (like us) are just huge fans?
TV legend Andy Griffith has a street named after him in his hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. "Andy's Parkway" is a major thoroughfare that runs right through the middle of town!
"Duke Ellington Boulevard" in New York City is named after the late pianist and band leader. For years, Duke lived in a townhouse on the corner of Riverside Drive and West 106th Street in Manhattan. City officials renamed West 106th Street following Duke's death in 1974.