Jennifer Lopez received the 2,500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, June 20, and brought her 5-year-old twins, Max and Emme, to the ceremony, where she gave an emotional speech.
Boyfriend Casper Smart, other family members and people part of what she called her "close inner-circle" also attended. The singer's longtime manager, Benny Medina, gave the opening speech before the star was unveiled. It is located at 6262 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the W Hollywood Hotel.
"A star on Hollywood Boulevard," Lopez began, before becoming tearful and quickly stepping away from the microphone. "I said I wasn't going to cry -- I'm not going to cry." (Watch her speech above)
"I really am overwhelmed, this really feels ... I don't know, kind of surreal, but really so real. It's awesome," she said, before going on to thank her manager, dancers, friends and family. She went on to share memories from the early years of her career.
"My dream was always to entertain," she continued. "To be a performer. Stardom really wasn't what I sought -- I never thought about being famous or having money, I didn't. I just wanted to be good at what I did. I wanted to be a great actress, I wanted to be a great singer, I wanted to be a great performer. I wanted people to want to come see me on stage because of what I did -- not because of who I was."
The star went on to thank her role models, including actress Jane Fonda -- who was at the ceremony and starred with Lopez in the 2005 film, "Monster-in-Law."
"Scrutiny, criticism, fame and celebrity may be the trappings of stardom, and I would endure them all to share the joy of entertaining you, because that's all I ever wanted to do," she said. "I was inspired very much by people like Sophia Loren, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Bette Midler ... and my girl, Jane Fonda -- these women, who as the brightest stars in the sky, they've always kept their feet on the ground."
The famed personality, whose early beginnings included dancing as a Fly Girl on the sketch comedy show "In Living Color," concluded her speech with a message for her fans.
"Today, this landmark moment inspires me to work harder and dream bigger for all that is the future," she concluded. "I hope you feel, as I do, that it was all worth it. And I hope that I have touched your hearts -- even in a small way -- from the gigantic way in which you've touched mine."
The starlet, who wore a Dior off-white cashmere and silk knitted top with a coral satin skirt, also took to Twitter to express her excitement, posting: "I wouldn't be where I am today w/o all of YOU and your infinite love & dedication. So excited for all of you to share this day with me!!! :)"
"Me and my STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Proud little girl from the Bronx. #surreal #blessed," she posted in a separate Tweet, along with a corresponding photo of herself posing with her star.
The singer recently released her latest single, "Live It Up," which also features Pitbull. The artist is expected to release a solo studio album sometime in late 2013.
The actress appeared alongside Jason Statham in the action film "Parker" earlier this year, and can also be seen in the 2014 drama film, "The 33," alongside Rodrigo Santoro and Antonio Banderas.
(Pictured ABOVE: L - Jennifer Lopez receives her award in a photo provided by OTRC.com. / R - Jennifer Lopez poses with Casper Smart in a photo she posted on her official Twitter account.)