Thalia became the first Mexican-born singer to be awarded one of the iconic stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was unveiled at a crowded ceremony during which the artist emotionally recalled her mother, who died in 2011.

To cries of "Thalia, Thalia!" hundreds of excited fans greeted Thursday the vocalist of "Amor a la Mexicana," as she arrived together with her husband, record executive Tommy Mottola, at the famous Hollywood thoroughfare, visibly excited by the honor that fulfilled one of her childhood dreams.

Thalia posed standing, sitting, lying down, front and back, and even with the flag of her country, beside the five-pointed terrazzo and brass star that now bears her name and which, she believes, also honors "all those women who work and struggle every day to maintain their families and arrive home smiling."

"This is the star of the Latino woman," said the singer, who during her career of almost 30 years has sold more than 40 million discs.

Thalia looked delighted with her fans, whom she considers her "second family," and "from her soul" thanked her children, her husband, whom she described as the "backbone" of her life - "we're a unit and we adore each other," she said - but above all she had loving words for her mother, Yolanda Miranda.

"I'm standing here today because of her, and now I have a star in heaven and a star here," she said, indicating the Walk of Fame, "and this star is for her," the Mexican said almost in tears.

Thalia's star is No. 2,514 installed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, very near that of Colombian singer Shakira, who was awarded her star in November 2011. EFE