HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Despite the dreary weather, crooner Bryan Adams was honored with the 2,435th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday.

Canadian singer Bryan Adams poses after he is honored by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, on March 21, 2011. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Adams, a diplomat’s son, went on to have No. 1 hit recordings in more than 40 nations and win a Grammy Award. The ceremony, which included remarks from retired hockey star Wayne Gretzky, precedes a tour that includes an April 9 concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

The award-winning singer was born in Canada and spent much of his youth in England, Israel, Portugal and Austria, where his father was posted. The family returned to Canada in 1973, where Adams, as a teenager, earned enough money as a dishwasher to buy a Fender guitar. He soon quit school to pursue a career in music full time.

In 1978, at the age of 18, Adams sent a few demo recordings to A&M Records in Toronto, and signed with the label for $1. His debut single “Let Me Take You Dancing,” reached 18th on Canada’s RPM dance/urban chart.

Adams recorded the first of his 10 studio albums, “Bryan Adams” in 1980. He became a certified star with his third album, “Cut Like a Knife,” in 1983, whose sales reached platinum status in the United States and triple platinum in Canada.

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Adams’ other hits includes “Summer of ’69,” “Heaven,” “Run to You,” “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” and “Let’s Make It A Night to Remember.”

Adams received a Grammy Award in 1991 for best song specifically written for a motion picture or for television for “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” from “Robin Hood — Prince of Thieves,” which also brought him an American Music Award in 1992 as favorite pop/rock single. Adams also has 14 other Grammy nominations.

Adams is also an accomplished photographer, with pictures published in Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Interview, and his work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in New York City, London, Paris, Rome, Germany and Canada.

Adams’ charitable foundation, The Bryan Adams Foundation, provides grants for projects supporting the elderly, victims of wars and natural disasters, and those suffering from mental or physical abuse.

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