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Highway Renamed for Babyface

July 17, 1999 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ When Kenneth ``Babyface″ Edmonds goes back home to Indiana, he should have no trouble remembering one of its highways _ it’s just been renamed after him.

Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon dedicated a 17-mile stretch of Interstate 65 through Indianapolis in honor of the 10-time Grammy award winner, who was born and reared here. The governor presented Edmonds with a commemorative sign marking the Kenneth ``Babyface″ Edmonds Highway on Friday.

``Kenny Edmonds has made great strides in the entertainment industry and has brought great distinction to the state of Indiana through his music and by never forgetting to give back to the community,″ O’Bannon said.

Edmonds is a singer, songwriter, and also a producer who has devised hits for artists ranging from Madonna to Toni Braxton.

Edmonds, 41, also produced the 1997 movie ``Soul Food.″ Vivica Fox, one of the movie’s stars and a fellow Hoosier, served as master of ceremonies for Friday’s ceremony.