Kelly Clarkson got her start as the winner of the first season of American Idol back in 2001. She has since recorded five albums and two EPs and is known for her pop, pop rock sound. Clarkson has two Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, four American Music... More
Kelly Clarkson got her start as the winner of the first season of American Idol back in 2001. She has since recorded five albums and two EPs and is known for her pop, pop rock sound. Clarkson has two Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, and one Women’s World Award. Through the 2000s, Billboard ranked her #14 of the best-selling artists of the decade.
After winning American Idol she signed with RCA Records and her first two singles “A Moment Like This” and “Before Your Love,” were featured on her debut album, Thankful, coming in 2003. The album was a huge success, debuting at #1 on the US Billboard 200. She followed up with her sophomore album, Breakaway, in 2004. The album hit #3 on the Billboard 200, and with four singles—“Breakaway,” “Since You’ve Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” and “Because Of You,” hitting the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, proved she wasn’t going to be just a one-hit wonder.
Clarkson has had six headlining tours starting with Breakaway in 2005. In 2006, she embarked on her Addicted Tour before releasing her third album, My December in 2007. The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200, but besides the single “Never Again” hitting #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, none of the other singles really took off. During this time, she collaborated with Reba McEntire, her idol, as well as with Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts. She toured with McEntire in 2008.
Her fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, came in 2009 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Her single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” also reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2010, she sang with Jason Aldean for the song, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” on his album and they performed it on Country Music Awards and an episode of American Idol season 10.
She followed up with the release of her fifth and latest album, Stronger, in 2011. Debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200, Clarkson achieved five for five status with top three album releases on the charts. With “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” she had another #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit. In 2012, she toured in promotion of Stronger and is gearing up for a co-headlining tour with The Fray, set to kick off July 21 in Washington. The 30 city tour will hit up most of the US and a spot in Toronto.