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Since U Been Gone
By the time Kelly Clarkson graduated high school, she had decided to pursue a career in music. The Fort Worth, Texas, native chose to skip college and move to Los Angeles, but while the song demos she subsequently recorded received some industry interest, she did not score the major breakthrough she was hoping for. And when her L.A. apartment burned down, Clarkson decided to move back to Texas. It was there that Clarkson first heard about auditions for a new television singing competition named "American Idol." Armed with a powerful voice, Clarkson not only entered but emerged as the winner of show's first season, taking home a grand prize of $1 million and a recording contract with RCA Records. Released in 2003, her debut album, Thankful, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and featured the No. 1 hit "A Moment Like This" and Top 10 hit "Miss Independent," which earned Clarkson her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 46th GRAMMY Awards. Clarkson won her first two GRAMMY Awards in 2005 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Since U Been Gone" and Best Pop Vocal Album for her multi-platinum sophomore album, Breakaway. Clarkson's most recent album, 2011's Stronger, became her fifth studio album to reach the Top 5, peaking at No. 2. At the 55th GRAMMY Awards, Stronger garnered a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and the album's title track received nods for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.