Kelly Clarkson is regarded as one of the best artists to emerge from this generation. For 14 years, she's captured our hearts with her rip roaring vocals and down to earth personality that lights up any room. Her songs such as "Since U Been Gone" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" are engraved into pop music and she continues to leave a legacy all her own. Though her music is widely known and recognized, there are things you might not have known about the three-time Grammy winner both in her personal and professional life.
1. Wedding and engagement rings lock
Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock were married in October 2013. The two designed each other's engagement rings with Johnathon Arndt and Clarkson's is a yellow canary diamond. When Clarkson and Blackstock wed, Clarkson's engagement now locks with her wedding band. Another ring on her finger is a replica of a Jane Austen owned piece. She bought the original at an auction in the U.K. and was later not allowed to let it leave the country. She received her money back and the ring was placed in a museum where she felt it rightfully belonged. Blackstock then had a replica made with additional diamonds.
2. Fastest Jump to No. 1
In 2002, Kelly Clarkson's "American Idol" inaugural song "A Moment Like This" broke a record previously held by the Beatles for fastest jump to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That record had been broken several more times as songs shot from the ends of the chart straight to No. 1. In 2008, Britney Spears' "Womanizer" leaped from No. 96 to No. 1 in just one week. That record would once more be broken by Clarkson herself in January 2009 when "My Life Would Suck Without You" would jump from No. 97 to the top. The song was strategically released on a Friday under the old release date system, giving it only three days of performance. In its first full week, it became Clarkson's second Hot 100 leader at the time with a record she currently holds nearly eight years later.
Clarkson loves having ink done on her body. In total, the songstress has 13 tattoos on her body including a cross and the saying "Love Them More" on her wrist, a heart on her hand, the state of Texas, and a jigsaw piece that has deep meaning for her. It symbolizes peeling off the top layer and seeing the whirlwind beneath, a tornado on a yellow brick road.
4. Behind "Invincible"
In 2015, Kelly Clarkson released her sixth studio album Piece by Piece. The second single "Invincible" was a song written by Sia and one of her main producers Jesse Shatkin. Shatkin passed the song onto Clarkson and she was ecstatic to record the empowering anthem. "I called him right back and was like, ‘You’re an a**hole!’ ‘Cos this is really good and this means you’re gonna have to come into town and record it," she said after having surgery for the birth of River Rose. Clarkson loved the Sia demo so much that she retained the original background vocals on the final version. It was the last song recorded for the album and was the first she had recorded after giving birth (the album was recorded while she was pregnant).
5. Best Pop Vocal Album wins
Kelly Clarkson has won three Grammy Awards, two for Best Pop Vocal Album. In 2013, she became the only artist to win the category more than once and currently holds the most nominations with four. Her 2004 album Breakaway took home the award in 2006 and 2011's Stronger in 2013. Coincidentally, both albums never hit No. 1 on the charts but were successful in their own rights.
6. "A Lot Like You" was original duet with Reba
In 2007, Reba McEntire released a duets album which featured a country remake of Clarkson's own "Because of You." Originally, the two recorded a track titled "A Lot Like You" but after pairing up for CMT's "Crossroads," McEntire loved the song Clarkson wrote at 16 years old so much that they scrapped the original plans and cut a new version of the track. Only a snippet has made its way to the internet.
7. "American Idol" eliminations
One of Clarkson early impressive feats happened during her time on the first season of "American Idol." Though she won, it's noteworthy that she was never once in the bottom group to be eliminated, saved week after week until she took the crown.
8. My December goes Platinum
Clarkson's third album was met with public controversy after feuding with then CEO of RCA Records Clive Davis. The two clashed over the direction of the sound and he tried every trick in the book to change her mind on releasing it. Davis even offered Clarkson a large sum of money to replace or rework five songs to be more radio friendly but the songwriter didn't back down. Eventually My December was released in June 2007 with only one single released in the United States. "Never Again" was pulled from radio but helped the album become certified Platinum by the RIAA and sold only 20,000 less than follow-up album All I Ever Wanted. "Sober" was released but not properly and never saw the light of day on radio while "One Minute" and "Don't Waste Your Time" was released elsewhere in the world where Davis had no control. The album remains a fan favorite and she recently discussed the era with Steve Harvey.