The four-time Grammy winner was accompanied by his wife Luisana Lopilato at the ceremony, which was live-streamed by Variety. His longtime friend Priscilla Presley and world-renowned producer-composer David Foster praised Bublé as a person and an artist.
Presley spoke at length about the first time she heard the Canadian crooner cover “Fever,” one of her late former husband Elvis Presley’s signature songs. She desperately wished he could do a duet with Elvis on the song (as Elvis frequently performed it in a duet).
Bublé eventually ended up being featured on the track on the 2015 compilation album, If I Can Dream, which shot straight to the top of the US Top Classical Albums chart, as well as the UK Albums and Digital Albums charts. Presley said she was sure Bublé was partially responsible for the album’s success.
She praised him further saying, “You are a star. The way you are with your audiences. Your sense of humor. Your compassion. I love how you played around with your band members. You’re a star.”
David Foster, who has supported Bublé from the beginning of his career and returned from an absence in producing to co-produce Love with him, also spoke highly of Bublé’s hard work ethic, talent, musicianship and artistry. He talked about pop artists competing with each other for a few slots in the Top 10, while “Michael Bublé doesn’t have to compete with anybody” because no one “has come into “this beautiful space that he has carved out and earned.”
When it was finally time for the “Home” singer to address the crowd, he thanked the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee, God, his entire team, and Presley and Foster for their kind words. He also praised his wife, with whom he shares three children.
Speaking of her he said, “There’s nothing I can really say that can express how I feel about her and what we’ve been through. She’s my hero and my rock.” He also mentioned his children “who have given me a purpose for life and who have made says like this even sweeter because I can truly understand how beautiful the good moments are.”
Bublé took time away from music after his five-year-old son, Noah, received a cancer diagnosis in 2016. He has spoken candidly about how much his wife and family’s support meant to him during his diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
At the end of his speech, Bublé shared a realization he had about love. He said, “The longer I live, the more I realize that love isn’t free. Love has a great cost. The more you love, the more you hurt.” He extended his thought toward the people who have loved and supported him throughout his prolific career and all its ups and downs. He stressed, “I would risk that love a million times over for all of you. So, thank you so much for this great honor.”
Watch the live stream of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in playback above.
Michal Bublé’s latest album Love, was released to critical acclaim on Nov. 16. He recently promoted the record with appearances on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and a performance of the lead single “When I Fall in Love” on “The X Factor UK.” He also announced a 2019 tour to support the album in North America, followed by a tour announcement for the UK and Europe.