Celebrities from all walks of life walked the red carpet Wednesday for the 2015 California Hall of Fame induction.
The inductees include award winning actor Robert Downey Jr., artist David Hockney, Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt, Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, Olympic Gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, and posthumous inductees martial artist Bruce Lee, country music star Buck Owens and cartoonist Charles Schulz.
The Spirit of California medal is awarded to those who embody the state's spirit of innovation and achievement and have made a mark on history.
Governor Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown make the final decision on who should be part of the Hall of Fame.
"Every one of them deserve it, and they're a real example for all of us," he said.
Jean Schulz, who accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, Charles, said she had no idea he was being inducted.
"I never thought they should honor him this way it's a really, truly heartfelt surprise," she said.
The backgrounds and stories of how these eight made it to the top may be different, but there's a common theme that puts them on this list to forever be recognized.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said, "Each of the inductees have demonstrated that spirit that struggle at times and that success in so many ways."
The California Museum will have a new exhibit on the eight stars. It opens Thursday and runs through August 28, 2016.