The 2017 Grammy Award nominations have finally been released (Dec. 6) and the list is packed with powerhouse names like Adele, Beyoncé and Drake. Three-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson is nominated once more for her emotional performance of "Piece by Piece" on "American Idol" earlier in the year. The track was re-recorded shortly after as the piano version performed on tour in 2015 and that one last performance on the "Idol" stage. Clarkson herself has a Grammy history stat no other artist can claim as of now. The singer-songwriter has the most nominations and most wins in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.
Best Pop Vocal Album was reinstated in 1995 and has been a watched category since. In 2006, Clarkson earned her first two Grammy nominations (and wins) and 2004's Breakaway would take home the award after taking the music world by storm. The album launched a worldwide career with pop rock hits that put her forefront on the stage including anthemic "Since U Been Gone," "Behind These Hazel Eyes"--a song that almost didn't make the final cut, and "Because of You"--a hit the label pushed to reject but became a No. 1 hit across the globe. Breakaway saw Clarkson come into her own showing off her rock chops on songs such as album tracks "Addicted" and "Hear Me." The album has sold 13 million copies worldwide.
In 2009, Clarkson released her No. 1 fourth studio album All I Ever Wanted which was met by lead single "My Life Would Suck Without You," a Hot 100 No. 1 with the title of fastest jump to the top. The album was a compilation of pop songs each with different flavors from the electronic influenced "If I Can't Have You" to the in-your-face kiss offs such as "Don't Let Me Stop You" and "Whyyawannabringmedown." It earned her second nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album though she did not win.
It was 2011's Stronger that cemented her place in music history. She proved once again why she became the first winner of "American Idol" with a rich cohesiveness to the set. Being an easy album to make without much pushback, Stronger showcased Clarkson's maturing vocals which soared to the tops of its range as heard on Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Stronger." The set had an 80's vibe ("You Love Me" ala Tina Turner) along with a mix of the 90's ("Hello" ala Sheryl Crow) that spawned three legs of touring. In 2013, Kelly Clarkson became the first artist to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album more than once and later proved why she belongs there performing a tribute to Patti Paige and Carol King. The performance earned another standing ovation and critical praise throughout media.
In 2016, Piece by Piece was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album but also didn't take home the prize. That made Clarkson the artist with the most nominations at four. Prior to, she was in a tie with Justin Timberlake, Madonna, P!NK, and Sarah McLachlan (James Taylor earned his third nomination as Clarkson earned her fourth).