Kelly Clarkson (Born April 24th 1982) is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for her debut single, "A Moment Like This" which topped the US Billboard Hot 100.
Net Worth: $28 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Career: She declined contract offers with Jive Records and Interscope Records, because she believed they wouldn't support her in the way she wanted.
In May 2002, Clarkson's friends encouraged her to audition for American Idol which she subsequently won and later signed to RCA Records.
Her debut AA-side single, "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This", was released, eventually become number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking the record that had been set by The Beatles, for the largest leap to number 1.
On April 15th, 2003, Clarkson's album 'Thankful' was released, and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with multi-Platinum status.
"Miss Independent" was the album's lead single.
Her second studio album, 'Breakaway' was released on November 30th, 2004.
She co-wrote most of the songs with the band members of Evanescence, and the title track with Avril Lavigne.
It became her most successful album to date, becoming the world's 7th best selling album of 2005, and the most successful selling album in history of an American Idol contestant.
Every song on the album became international hits, including 'Breakaway' which was featured on the 2004 film, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and was Clarkson's longest running Number 1 song, lasting 28 weeks.
The most successful track was 'Since U Been Gone', which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
'My December' was Clarkson's third studio album, and was released on June 22nd, 2007.
Clarkson co-wrote all of the songs, but due to the album's lack of professional production input, Clarkson was asked to re-record all the tracks, but she refused.
The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200.
Her tour had to be cancelled due to her lack of promotion because of her unwillingness to redo the album.
She participated at the Papal Youth Rally in New York in 2008, performing Ave Maria to the Pope after his speech.
"All I Ever Wanted" was Clarkson's fourth album, and was released on March 10th, 2009, staying at number 1 on the Billboard 200 for 2 weeks.
She went on tour from 2009-2010 in support of the album.
The album's first single, 'My Life Would Suck Without You' became an international hit, entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number 97, and rising to number 1 in a week.
This broke the record for the biggest leap to number one, her second time doing so.
In November 2009, she also became a guest mentor on the X Factor.
Pairing with Jason Aldean, she recorded "Don't You Wanna Stay" with him for his album, 'My Kinda Party', in November 2010.
Together, they performed it on the tenth season of American Idol, at the 2010 CMA Awards and at the 54th Grammy Awards.
'Stronger' was Clarkson's 5th studio album, and was released on October 21st, 2011.
It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and featured singles "Mr. Know It All" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)".
Clarkson performed "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee" at the second inauguration of United States President Barack Obama, on January 21st, 2013.
Clarkson's first Christmas album, "Wrapped In Red", was released on October 29th, 2013.
It was certified platinum by the RIAA, and became the best selling Christmas album of the year, making her the first American female to do so.
Clarkson has won three Grammy awards in her career, alongside a further seven nominations.
Personal Life: Kelly Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
Her parents were Jeanne Ann (descendant of Republican state senator Isaiah Rose), who was a first grade English teacher, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, who was a former engineer. They divorced when she was 5.
Kelly was raises Southern Baptist, and often spoke of her closeness with the Church and God.
She originally wanted to be a Marine Biologist, but after seeing 'Jaws', she changed her mind.
She attended Pauline Hughes Middle School, and after being overheard singing, the schools choir teacher asked her to audition. After school, she continued to sing, receiving classical training.
The University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, and Berklee College of Music, all offered Clarkson full scholarships, but she declined due to her desire to go into music.
On October 30th, 2013, Clarkson married talent manager Brandon Blackstock. The couple also had a baby girl in June 2014.
The 'Just Give Me A Reason' singer became the latest star to take the battle to the trolls after a picture taken of her at the weekend attracted a ton of negative comments about her body shape.
Pink has become the latest celebrity to speak out against social media body-shaming. The 35 year old singer took to Twitter after receiving some barbed criticisms about her physique, having attended a cancer benefit evening on Saturday (April 11th).
“I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight,” she tweeted on Sunday evening, via a short statement she had prepared and then screen-grabbed.
Pink responded to the body-shamers on Sunday
Continue reading: Pink Replies To Body Shamers On Twitter
Since giving birth to her daughter last year, the singer has been forced to endure comments about her post-baby figure, and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has apologised for his remarks.
The Fox News anchor at the centre of the Kelly Clarkson “fat-shaming” controversy this weekend has publicly apologised to the singer at to those offended by his comments. Chris Wallace had made the remarks during an interview with conservative radio pundit Mike Gallagher on the latter’s show.
In a statement issued to Mediaite on Sunday night, the 67 year old anchor said: “I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment. I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her.”
Kelly Clarkson was the subject of yet another jibe about her figure
This week, in "People Saying Awful Things About Celebrities"
This week, a Fox News presenter is in trouble for saying something not nice to a prominent woman, Kelly Clarkson. See also: life resumes as normal. During his Friday appearance on The Mike Gallagher Show, Chris Wallace decided to have a dig at the pop singer, jus a couple weeks after Katie Hopkins did the same on social media.
Kelly Clarkson is yet to acknowledge the unpleasant comments.
It’s to be expected from both Hopkins and Wallace, but still, the comments were pretty unnecessary. To be fair to Wallace, he was kind of baited into giving the unfortunate sound bite by Gallagher himself.
Listen everybody, Kelly Clarkson has no time for the haters!
Kelly Clarkson’s post-baby body has been subjected to some very unfair and frankly nasty (we’re looking at you Katie Hopkins) scrutiny as of late. But sadly it's all nothing that the singer hasn’t been dealing with since she first came onto the music scene. Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, Clarkson said she’s been dealing with comments about her weight since she appeared on ‘American Idol’ back in 2002 and people’s ugly words are nothing new.
Kelly Clarkson has endured criticism regarding her weight for years.
"I love how people think that’s new," Kelly told Ellen when asked about recent comments regarding the singer’s weight. "Like, welcome to the past 13 years.” Referring to British personality Katie Hopkins, who publicly made fun of the singer Clarkson said, "People are like, 'I'm so sorry that lady in London was so mean to you.' And I'm like, 'Are you serious?' Like, get in line!”
Taylor Swift lands dream duet with Madonna, and Rihanna stuns in vibrant Versace.
The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards saw some pretty epic moments this weekend, and some of the most hotly anticipated performances of the year. The top prize of 2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award went to Justin Timberlake, but he wasn't the biggest winner of the night...
Apart from winning three accolades - for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Lyrics - Taylor Swift was winning in many other ways. She's been gushing to everyone who'll listen recently about Queen of Pop Madonna apparently praising her music in an interview, but the 'Blank Space' singer landed the chance to perform with her idol as she and her guitar joined the diva on stage for a rendition of Madonna's new single 'Ghosttown', taken from recently released thirteenth album 'Rebel Heart'.
All of the Top Three albums in America are new entries, while Kelly Clarkson's Number 1 album from last week suffers a huge drop.
It’s been a big week for new music releases in the Billboard 200 albums chart, as all of top three positions are taken by new entries. The soundtrack to smash musical drama ‘Empire’ has edged out Madonna’s new album to claim the top spot in this week’s chart.
The Fox hit series been tearing up the music charts as well as the TV ratings, selling 130,000 units in the week ending March 15th, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was also the third highest-rated primetime broadcast of the week, with last Wednesday’s episode attracting 14.9 million viewers.
Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' is her first album not to be US Number 1 in 17 years
Continue reading: Soundtrack To Fox's 'Empire' Beats Madonna To American Chart Top Spot
The talent show alumni enjoyed a brief romance on the set of movie ‘From Justin To Kelly’.
'Invincible' singer Kelly Clarkson has admitted she did in fact once date her ‘American Idol’ co-star Justin Guarini, during an appearance on Andy Cohen’s talk show, where she played the revealing ‘Plead The Fifth’ game.
Clarkson has admitted to counting Justin Guarini among her exes.
Guarini had claimed during his one man show Lovesick last year that he and Kelly had dated, causing Cohen to cheekily ask the singer, "What happened between the two of you: second base?”
The British columnist described Kelly as a "chunky monkey" in comments earlier this week, and repeated the remarks in a new interview.
In an interview with Access Hollywood on Wednesday, the controversial British columnist and TV personality, referred to in some quarters as ‘The Most Hated Woman in Britain’, continued her onslaught by claiming that there is “no such thing as fat-shaming”.
Katie Hopkins made the original remarks earlier this week
Continue reading: Katie Hopkins Continues Her Attack On Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson had previously said she would not describe herself as a feminist.
Back in 2013, in an interview with Time magazine singer Kelly Clarkson stated she would not call herself a feminist, labelling the F-word “too strong”. Clarkson’s comments of course angered many and the former 'American Idol' winner faced strong criticism for her stance. Now, nearly two years on, the singer has attempted to clarify her feelings in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Kelly Clarkson has clarified her feminism comments
"I wouldn't say feminist -- that's too strong," Clarkson said during her 2013 Time magazine interview. "I think when people hear feminist, it's like, 'Get out of my way, I don't need anyone.'"
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Revisits The Feminist Question And Clarifies 2013 Remarks
Although she is a huge star within the LGBT community, the 32-year-old singer sees her fans all the same.
After bursting onto the music scene since her American Idol win in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has garnered a huge gay fan base and is considered one of the biggest stars in the world by the LGBT community, but the 32-year-old singer just sees her fans all the same.
Clarkson has a huge gay fan base
"I think it's silly that we're still talking about gay rights," Clarkson recently told Pride Source. "I just live in this world where people are accepted, so it's very hard for me to even realize that that still exists. It's hard for me to wrap my brain around it."
The 32-year-old singer initially didn't realize she was covering a track Tokio Hotel released in 2014.
When Kelly Clarkson released her new track 'Run Run Run' ft. John Legend, from her upcoming 'Piece by Piece' album, the 32-year-old singer's fans assumed she was covering Tokio Hotel's, but apparently Clarkson was unaware of this.
Clarkson didn't realize 'Run Run Run' was a cover of Tokio Hotel's song
When the ballad was initially released it didn't take long for fans to alert Clarkson of the German group's version of 'Run Run Run', but when she finally listened to the song, the 'American Idol' alum took to Twitter to reveal she didn't even realize it existed.