Avril Lavigne gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Avril Lavigne got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, August 31st.

The ceremony, which took place to mark the recent 20-year anniversary of the release of her first album 'Let Go', took Avril Lavigne back to her teenage years.

Taking to the podium for her speech, Avril Lavigne recalled visiting the famous strip on her first trip to Los Angeles aged 16 and revealed a photo of herself next to star Tom Cruise.

"Well, I was 16 and I took my first trip to Hollywood and of course I had to visit the Walk of Fame because it's iconic," he said.

In the photo, he wears a sweatshirt with the words "skateboarding is not a crime" and in a tender moment of nostalgia, Avril Lavigne later wore the same sweatshirt to be photographed next to her star.

“I remember seeing these legendary names and never could have imagined that my own name would be here. This is pretty crazy. I am very grateful. It's probably one of the nicest days of my life," he commented.

After thanking some dignitaries in the audience, including her fiance Mod Sun, producer and Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann and collaborator Machine Gun Kelly, Avril Lavigne closed her speech with a message of encouragement to every 16-year-old with hopes and dreams .

"Today, I love making music more than ever. I feel very inspired," he said.

"And I hope that the next 16-year-old kid from their small town who comes to Hollywood one day, full of hopes and dreams, will see that star and think, 'Oh my God, that could be my name, too. here one day". Because it can. What an amazing 20 years and I look forward to the next 20! Let's go!” he continued.

John Feldmann, who co-produced Avril Lavigne's latest album, Love Sux, has revealed that the singer was removed by security from a Goldfinger concert at the age of 15.

“She told me she did her first stage diving when she was 15 at a concert of my band Goldfinger in Toronto and she got kicked out of the concert. So we have an epic friendship," Feldmann revealed.

"During the recording of 'Love Sux' I would show up every day and he would ask me, 'Do you have a present for me?' And he meant if I have an idea for a song, and that made me feel important and valuable and necessary. And that's how Avril makes you feel when you're with her," he emphasized.

Machine Gun Kelly, who Avril Lavigne toured the US with this summer, also opened up about the impact the singer had on both his career and personal life before they even met.

"Avril Lavigne, you are the amalgamation of our generation's childhood," Machine Gun Kelly said.

“You've been with me a lot longer than you think. You were with me every time my heart broke, your music was in my headphones,” she continued.

“You're an inspiration to a generation of kids like me who wore baggy jeans and skated and didn't fit MTV's version of what girls wanted. And when you did 'Sk8er Boi,' that song was the hope we relied on," said Machine Gun Kelly.

Avril Lavigne's star is located at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Amoeba Music record store.