Kelly Clarkson gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD — A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Monday honoring Kelly Clarkson, who has sold more than 25 million albums and 40 million singles since being the first “American Idol” champion.

Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell and Jason Halbert, Clarkson’s music director since 2003, joined her in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Ovation Hollywood shopping complex at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, which includes the Dolby Theatre, the site of her “American Idol” victory.

The star is the 2,733rd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be streamed on the Walk of Fame’s website, www.walkoffame.com.

The ceremony coincided with the airing of the first show of the fourth season of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” taped at its customary home in Universal City. The season’s first week of episodes of the syndicated talk show were taped in New York City.

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson poses atop her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson and her children River Rose, left, and Remington, right, pose atop Clarkson’s new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson, second right, poses with a replica of her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with former “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson, from left, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul at a ceremony in Clarkson’s honor on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul attends a ceremony honoring singer and television host Kelly Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson speaks during a ceremony honoring her with a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson poses with a replica of her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony in her honor on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson speaks during a ceremony honoring her with a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson, from left, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul attend a ceremony honoring singer and television host Kelly Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, left, and Simon Cowell attend a ceremony honoring singer and television host Kelly Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul Speaks during a ceremony honoring singer and television host Kelly Clarkson, right, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell speaks as singer and television host Kelly Clarkson reacts during a ceremony honoring Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, left, looks on as singer and television host Kelly Clarkson speaks during a ceremony honoring Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson, left, kisses Paula Abdul at a ceremony honoring singer and television host Kelly Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Music director Jason Halbert speaks as singer and television host Kelly Clarkson looks on during a ceremony honoring Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson, left, and former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell attend a ceremony honoring Clarkson with a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson attends a ceremony honoring her with a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson, left, and Simon Cowell attend a ceremony honoring singer and television host Kelly Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson, from left, and Simon Cowell attend a ceremony honoring singer and television host Kelly Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” Looking on from center to right are Clarkson and her children Remington and River Rose. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson, from left, her children Remington and River Rose and her mother Jeanne Taylor, attend a ceremony honoring her with a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson, from left, and her children Remington and River Rose, attend a ceremony honoring her with a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson attends a ceremony honoring singer and television host Kelly Clarkson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of “American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson, from left, and her children Remington and River Rose, attend a ceremony honoring her with a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Clarkson has had 17 singles receive multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world. She found commercial success immediately after winning “American Idol” in 2002 as her debut single of her “Idol”-winning song “A Moment Like This,” went straight to No. 1 and was the year’s best-selling single in the United States.

Clarkson’s 2003 debut album, “Thankful,” also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified double-platinum.

The lead single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” from her fourth album, 2009’s “All I Ever Wanted,” holds the record for the biggest jump to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, going from 97th to first in a single week.

Clarkson received the first of her 17 Grammy nominations in 2003 for best female pop vocal performance for “Miss Independent,” but lost at the 2004 ceremony to Christina Aguilera, who won for “Beautiful.”

Clarkson won her first Grammys on her next nominations, winning for best female pop vocal performance for “Since U Been Gone” and best pop vocal album for “Breakaway” at the 2006 Grammys.

Clarkson won her third and most recent Grammy in 2013 for best pop vocal album for “Stronger.”

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Clarkson’s other honors include Daytime Emmys as outstanding entertainment talk show host in 2020, 2021 and 2022, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and one Country Music Association Award.