In this case, the competition was to see which of the trades would be first to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. James Nash reports in the L.A. Business Journal that The Hollywood Reporter prevailed and will do the deed on September 6 [uh, that's today.] Variety will play catch up on October 14.
The two trades had jockeyed for position on Hollywood Boulevard (their stars will be many feet apart) and for the honor of being the first, said Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood and historic trust president.
“There’s a lot of competition there,” Grant observed. “Every time one of them would set the date, the other one would try to move up.”
Nash says that Disneyland is the only other "inanimate object" to have a star. Story is pay-only on the LABJ site.