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Kelly Clarkson's Awards: Every Major Honor She's Received
The Chemistry artist has been taking home trophies since she won American Idol.
The Voice Coach Kelly Clarkson is a talented singer, songwriter, and talk show Host — and she's been an awards magnet since winning the first season of American Idol in 2002. Since then, the force behind The Kelly Clarkson Show has collected multiple Grammys, CMAs, Emmys, and more.
Interestingly, she told Billboard in 2019 that she makes a point of keeping her trophies out of most visitors' view.
“[They're] on the top floor of our house so nobody sees them, and I don’t look like a tool that’s like, ‘Hey, here are all my accolades,’" she said. "But I really love them, and I am very proud of them. And if you have them out, you’re not a tool. It’s just, I would feel like a tool.”
Below, let's look back on the work that netted Clarkson some of the biggest awards in her industry.
Kelly Clarkson's new album Chemistry earned her a 2024 Grammy Nomination
Clarkson's tenth studio album, Chemistry, earned Clarkson a 2024 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. The exciting honor marks Clarkson's 14th Grammy nomination throughout her sprawling career. Producing beloved singles such as "Mine" and "Favorite Kind of High," Clarkson's Chemistry is an explosive hit.
Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy Awards
Clarkson's first single, "Miss Independent," off her first album, Thankful, was also her first Grammy nomination. But her first Grammy wins — Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance — came after her sophomore album, Breakaway, and its hit single "Since U Been Gone."
She won her third Grammy to date for her 2011 album, Stronger.
Kelly Clarkson's CMA Awards
In 2011, Clarkson picked up a Country Music Association Award for her duet with Jason Aldean, "Don't You Want to Stay."
Aldean, who served as a Team Kelly Battle Advisor on The Voice in Season 21, and Clarkson told Entertainment Tonight in 2021 that the two hadn't met before heading in to the studio to talk about recording.
"I remember I was so excited because I loved the song so much, but when you’re meeting someone and you love their voice and you love their sound… you’re not sure if it’s gonna mesh, you know? It doesn’t always work out," Clarkson said.
"It was immediate, though, as soon as she started singing… and the way she was singing with me, too, how it all blended, you could tell it was something special," Aldean explained.
The song also received a Grammy nomination and earned the duo two Academy of Country Music Awards.
Kelly Clarkson’s American Music Awards
She won two AMAs in 2005: Artist of the Year and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. In 2006, she took home the award again for Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, plus Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
Kelly Clarksons' Emmys
Clarkson's eponymous talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, premiered in September 2019 and immediately garnered critical praise. She won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host in 2020, 2021, and 2022, and the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment in 2021 and 2022. She and the show have been nominated for both awards in 2023, but the winners haven't been revealed yet.
Kelly Clarkson's star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame
"I feel very lucky and fortunate because I know a lot of talented people," Clarkson said in her acceptance speech. "I just feel very fortunate that I get the chance. There are dreams you didn't know you had, and they end up happening, and you feel super blessed."
Originally published Nov 4, 2023.