American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday.
The daytime talk show host, 40, was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the presence of some VIPs in the audience, incuding all three original American Idol judges — Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.
Clarkson’s star is the 2,733rd since the Walk of Fame was completed in 1961.
“I’m so proud to be here, honored. I changed my flight just so I could be here. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Kelly — not only the trajectory of your life has changed, but you helped change the trajectory of everyone’s lives,” Abdul, 60, said during her speech in support of Clarkson, who was her first Idol winner 20 years ago.
Abdul arrived shortly udeing Cowell’s speech, prompting the outspoken judge to make a few jokes before the “Opposites Attract” singer praised Clarkson for her “talent”, “tenacity”, “grace”, and “dignity”.
She added that Clarkson made season one all worth it and thanked her for changing the trajectory of her life and making her believe that young, talented people can make it and can make it big time.
On September 4, Clarkson reflected on the 20-year anniversary of her “priceless” Idol win.
“The family and friendships I have created over these 20 years in music and tv are priceless to me,” she wrote.
“We only get so many trips around the sun and while I am proud and feel abundantly blessed of the successes and failures that I have learned from,” she added.
“I am most proud and grateful for those friends that have become family, and for their arms that have held me when I needed it and their hearts that listened to me when I felt lost. Without them I would not be where I am. I would probably not be here at all.”