With some 1,000 fans jamming a Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk to watch, Aguilera gushed with delight Monday as the star was unveiled in front of the Hard Rock Cafe.
“Oh my goodness! How amazing it is to see all of your fabulous faces. This is a huge staple in my life. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” said the 29-year-old pop diva, who was dressed in a white halter dress and leopard Loubatin heels.
Aguilera was just a child when she broke into show business nearly 20 years ago as a member of “The New Mickey Mouse Club,” a show that also counted Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake as cast members.
On Monday, the singer-actress thanked her mother, Shelly Kearns, “for getting me around to all these auditions.”
“My family has been very supportive,” she said.
Aguilera won her first Grammy for best new artist in 1999. She has collected three more in the years since, including awards for best pop vocal in 2003, for “Beautiful,” and in 2006 for “Ain’t No Other Man.”
Her star, the 2,432nd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was unveiled nine days before Aguilera’s first film, “Burlesque,” is to reach theaters. Aguilera, who stars opposite Cher, plays a small-town girl raised in foster homes who chases her dreams to a Los Angeles burlesque club. “Dream big, everybody!” she told her fans Monday. ( Associated Press )
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