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Kelly Clarkson: The arduous journey to being a pop-star

Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born in Los Angeles, California on April 24, 1982. She is an author, singer, songwriter, and actress from the United States. She is well-known for her work on television. She rose to prominence after winning the first season of American Idol in 2002. “A Moment Like This” her debut single, topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.


In an attempt to reinvent herself, Clarkson cut ties with Idol management and went to pop-rock for her second studio album, Breakaway, released in 2004. Breakaway earned two Grammy Awards for four top-ten songs in the United States: “Breakaway” “Since U Been Gone” “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Because of You”

‘All I Ever Wanted’ and ‘Stronger,’ Clarkson’s fourth and fifth studio albums, respectively, achieved her second number-one album in the United States. She was the first female singer to win two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Kelly Clarkson

Over 25 million copies of Clarkson’s albums and songs have been sold all over the world. She has eleven singles in the top ten in the United States and nine in the UK, Canada, and Australia. She was the first artist in Billboard history to simultaneously top the pop, adult contemporary, adult pop, country, and dance charts.

Billboard dubbed Clarkson “one of pop music’s greatest singers” She also earned the Powerhouse Award for her voice. In VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, she was considered the nineteenth greatest woman in music.

Kelly Clarkson: early career with American Idol

Kelly Clarkson was inspired by her friends to audition for the first season of American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, which premiered in May 2002. Clarkson made her debut appearance in the second episode, despite getting a “golden ticket” a trip to the Hollywood rounds, in the series premiere.

Clarkson refers to the debut season as “ghetto” in a 2012 interview, “On our season we were like kids in camp. Nobody knew what to do. The show was ever-changing every day. They did one season of Pop Idol in the UK, but America is a very different market. They dropped us off in a mall and said ‘find some clothes to wear on national television. I am maybe the closest to white trash you can get. What do I buy? White pants I guess? I definitely looked like a cocktail waitress.”


On September 4, 2002, Clarkson won the competition with 58 percent of the vote against runner-up Justin Guarini.

Clarkson was signed to a record contract with RCA Records, 19 Recordings, and S Records by talent manager Simon Fuller, the show’s creator, and music mogul Clive Davis, shortly after winning American Idol. Her debut double-A-side song, “Before Your Love”/”A Moment Like This” broke a 38-year-old British band The Beatles record for the largest jump to number one. It went on to become the best-selling single in the United States in 2002.

Thankful, Kelly Clarkson‘s debut album, was released on April 15, 2003. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic lauded the album’s vocal ability: “throughout this record, (Clarkson) makes it seem effortless and charming. She can croon, she can belt out a song, she can be sexy and sassy while still being graceful and as wholesome as the girl next door.” “Clarkson glides through octaves with the masterful control of someone who’s been doing this for decades,” said Entertainment Weekly’s Henry Goldblatt.

Kelly Clarkson's family

In June 2003, Clarkson made her cinematic debut alongside Guarini in the musical romantic comedy film From Justin to Kelly. The film was critically panned and failed at the box office. Clarkson said that she was “contractually obligated” to perform it even though she disliked it.

Between 2003 and 2004, she played Brenda Lee in two episodes of the television drama ‘American Dreams.’  Clarkson, along with the initial winners of many Idol television series throughout the world, competed in the television special World Idol on December 25, 2003 in London.

Kelly Clarkson’s age

Being born in 1982, Clarkson is now aged 40.

Kelly Clarkson: height and weight

Clarkson is said to have a height of 1.61 m. It is claimed that Clarkson weighs around 80 kg.



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