Kelly Clarkson felt “crazy” to be “made into history” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The 40-year-old pop star rose to fame in 2002 when she won the inaugural season of “American Idol” and won the prestigious award for a spot on Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard, located near the Dolby Theater where the reality singing competition was filmed.
Asked what it was like to be “cemented in history,” she told Entertainment Tonight: “Wow, the way you just said that scared me, it’s crazy. I didn’t really think about it, but it’s incredible. I mean, you know, you’ve seen these pictures from when you were a kid, with all these important people who have influenced you creatively in your life, and it’s cool to be a part of that.”
The “Behind These Hazel Eyes” hitmaker became the 2,733rd person to receive a star at the famous tourist destination, joining the likes of screen legends Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland and fellow pop icons Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, but believes that it’s “wonderful” to be pinned between Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds.
The “Because of You” singer, who has sold more than 25 million records since winning the ABC show, reunited with original “American Idol” judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson at the ceremony on Monday (19Sep22) and gave a speech in which she thanked the three music moguls for being “honest” with her as they propelled her to fame.
She said: “From the beginning, with ‘Idol’, all three of you have been very honest with me… I just wanted to say thank you for being around me – even my band on the road, my family, like last night, we listen to my new album and tell me what they like and what they don’t like – and I have people like that, and I think it’s important to not just have people who are “yes”, but people who really love you and care about you and give your honest advice, and I always welcome.
“And I think that’s why I’m here today. Not just because of yourself, but because of the ongoing team of people who love you and support you and really want to make your dreams come true while making their dreams come true. “