Simon Cowell was supported by a host of his famous friends as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Wednesday.
The music mogul described the honour as “surreal”, as a ceremony was held in Los Angeles to celebrate.
Kelly Clarkson, who was the first ever winner of ‘American Idol’ on which Simon was a judge for eight seasons, also gave a speech where she credited him with “changing her life”.
Accepting the honour, Simon said: “I was a massive fan of American television, American movies, when I was growing up. I remember the first time I came to Hollywood, a long time ago and thinking it was the most magical place. And now I’m looking down at this, it’s so surreal.”
He thanked the artists and producers he has worked with throughout his career, before turning to his family seated in the audience.
He said partner Lauren Silverman had been his “rock”, and added: “One thing I was thinking about today was who would have got the biggest kick out of this, and it’s my mum and dad, and they are not here.
“I have a feeling they are looking down. And now I look over to my son, Eric, and say, ‘maybe one day you will get one of these as well’.”
Simon is currently in the middle of filming the ‘America’s Got Talent’ live shows, but will return to UK screens next month with a new series of ‘The X Factor’.