She gained recognition for winning the first American Idol competition in 2002, and her debut hit "A Moment Like This" became the song of the year.
She turned down two full-ride scholarships to The University of Texas at Austin and the Berklee College of Music, and later turned down two record deals before winning American Idol.
In 2006, she won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the widely successful song, "Since U Been Gone."
She was born to Jeanne and Joseph Clarkson, and has a stepfather named Jimmy Taylor and a brother Jason and sister Alyssa.
She is an American Idol winner like Carrie Underwood.
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