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Kelly Clarkson: From American Idol Contestant to Selling Out Shows
In 2002 Kelly Clarkson, just a small town girl from Texas auditioned for the original first season of "American Idol" showing off immense talent. (Photo Credit 'Getty Images')
The singer broke out after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been established as "The Original American Idol" (Photo Credit 'Getty Images')
Kelly Clarkson debut album 'Thankful' was released in 2003. Its lead single, "Miss Independent", became an international hit, earning Clarkson her first Grammy nomination.
'Thankful' has been certified 2x platinum and sold over 4.5 million copies internationally.
Kelly Clarkson always brings a ton of energy to the stage.
Kelly took more creative control and developed a more pop rock-oriented sound for her second studio album, Breakaway.
Clarkson supported her newest album, Breakaway, with the Breakaway World Tour â consisting of three sub-tours from 2005 to 2006.
Kelly Clarkson scored two awards at the 2005 MTV VMA's for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for 'Since You've Been Gone'
Kelly Clarkson accepted the Favorite Female Singer Award onstage at the 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards
Singer Kelly Clarkson with her Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance awards poses in the press room at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards
Clarkson has also dabbled in country music over the years. Her song 'Because of You' was played on several country stations and she attended several CMT Awards.
Kelly Clarkson hosted the day time MTV show TRL with Rihanna and Lindsay Lohan
Clarkson's Third studio album "My December" was released. Unlike her previous album it relied on darker themes and was more rock-oriented.
Reba McEntire joined Kelly Clarkson onstage to perform at the 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards All-Star Jam.
Kelly Clarkson's 4th studio album 'All I Ever Wanted' was released in March, 2009. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 960,000 copies in the US.
Kelly Clarkson was featured on country artist Jason Aldean's song, 'Don't You Wanna Stay.' The two performed the song together at the 44th Annual CMA Awards..
Kelly Clarkson was invited to perform at the the first ever iHeartRadio Music Festival. September 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Kelly Clarkson released her 5th studio album, 'Stronger' in OCtomber 2011 It became a commercial success.
Clarkson promoted 'Stronger' with two concert tours - The Stronger Tour and the co-headlining 2012 Summer Tour with alternative rock band The Fray.
Kelly Clarkson got engaged to her boyfriend of a year in December 2012, "I am so lucky and with the greatest guy ever." Brandon Blackstock is also Reba McEntire's step son.
Clarkson's first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits: Chapter One, was released on November 19, 2012.
For Kelly Clarkson's most recent tour she teams up with Maroon 5 for the Honda Civic Tour Summer 2013
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