Kelly Clarkson

  • Birth Name: Kelly Brianne Clarkson
  • Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Actor

Biography

Not only does this diva have the distinction of being the very first American Idol winner, she’s also one of the most successful. With her powerhouse vocals and down-to-earth charm, Clarkson literally became an overnight sensation on Idol in 2002. Despite an embarrassing big-screen debut in the critically lambasted movie musical Justin to Kelly (which she was contractually obligated to star in opposite runner-up Justin Guarini), Clarkson made 2003 her year, with her best-selling debut album Thankful spawning a number of hit singles. Her 2004 follow-up, Breakaway, was also a smash and earned the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. And she’s maintained steady success since: her albums My December (2007) and All I Ever Wanted (2009) were both critical and commercial hits.

Fast Facts

  • Never had a formal singing lesson.
  • Held jobs at a comedy club (as a waitress), a pharmacy (an assistant), a movie theater and a zoo.
  • Worked for songwriter Gerry Goffin as a vocalist after moving to L.A. to try to break into the music business.
  • Moved back to Texas to regroup after her L.A. apartment building burned down.
  • Winner of the first season of American Idol; runner-up was Justin Guarini.
  • On the heels of her American Idol victory, her debut single, "A Moment Like This," went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and was the best-selling single of 2002. Her debut album, Thankful, also hit No. 1.
  • Bought, at auction, a ring that once belonged to Jane Austen; the British government put an export ban on the ring and allowed Jane Austen's House Museum to buy the ring back.
  • Is a March of Dimes Ambassador.

Awards

  • 2005, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Album: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2006, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Musical Performer: Winner
  • 2011, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2012, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Album: Winner
  • 2013, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jimmy Taylor — Stepfather
  • Jason Clarkson — Brother
  • Brandon Blackstock — Husband
  • Steve Clarkson — Father
  • Jeanne Taylor — Mother
  • Alyssa Clarkson — Sister
  • Jeanne Ann Rose — Mother
  • River Rose Blackstock — Daughter
  • Remington Alexander Blackstock — Son
  • Savannah Blackstock — Stepdaughter
  • Seth Blackstock — Stepson
  • Stephen Michael Clarkson — Father
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