Hi-Five is without a doubt one of my all-time fave R&B groups – so I was super excited to learn they had been inducted into the 2018 Miami Wall of Fame on Saturday, December 15, alongside DJ Khaled and the incomparable Teddy Riley.
Totally honored, the fellas took to social media writing:
Thanks #miami MIAMI FOR THE WALL OF FAME INDUCTION #2018 TO GOD BE THE GLORY #god riptut #hifivemusic #hifive #walloffame #humble#thankful #fridaynightlive #blessed#positivevibes #positivity #positiveenergy
While fans (including myself) were thrilled about the guys being acknowledged, the plaque placed on the Wall of Fame raised eyebrows and left fans (including myself) with questions.
The plaque reads:
Legendary 90’s R&B group, known for such classic hits as “I Like The Way” and “I Can’t Wait Another Minute.” A major part of the New Jack Swing genre.
But, the photo is of the current group and there isn’t a trace of the late Tony Thompson, whose voice played a pivotal role in the success of Hi-Five.
One fan wrote:
Take this thing down immediately and re do it! While the original members earned their spot to be acknowledged, Tony was “the” voice and the sound of High Five. Those new guys didn’t create anything new but rather sung what was already in place. I hope the family of Tony speaks up and demands that he get his just due and respect!
Another fan wrote:
So who’s idea was it to not include #tonythompson? I can’t believe they would do a tribute or dedication of any kind w/o his face being front & center?
Hi-Five is very deserving of this plaque, however, it just doesn’t feel right without any acknowledgment of Tony.
That’s like honoring Jodeci without mention of K-Ci.
Anywho…congrats to the fellas!