Kelly Clarkson gives thanks on 'American Idol' anniversary
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Music superstar Kelly Clarkson hasn’t forgotten that she is living “the girl next door’s” fairy tale dream come true. The inaugural “American Idol” champion sent a heartfelt message of thanks via Twitter to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the day that literally changed her life and inspired millions of other unknowns to chase their own dreams.

She said, “4 yrs ago 2day @AmericanIdol opened a door w/such amazing opportunities & experiences 4 me! I am 4ever grateful & blessed! #heresto14more 🎉.”

The “Moment Like This” singer is one of the most successful contestants to ever hail from “American Idol’s” ranks. It seems hard to believe the humble Texan girl with the beautiful, powerful voice was only 20-years-old when she took home the first “American Idol” title. It can be argued that she single-handedly ushered in the era of American reality singing competitions. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul had a hand in discovering a huge star as well as giving Fox Network a ratings champion for many years.

It’s nice to see that three Grammys, record-breaking album sales and massive international acclaim haven’t caused Kelly Clarkson to forget her roots. The proud mom of River, 2, and Remington, 4 months still seems grounded and humble in the face of all she has achieved. She gladly returned to “American Idol” for the series finale earlier this year and her emotional “Piece by Piece” performance was one of the most memorable moments (besides her own 2002 win) that the show has ever seen.

Clarkson turned 34 this year and she continues to pour her life experiences into her songs. She dubbed Piece by Piece, which is her seventh studio album, as her most personal record to date. She wrote the heart wrenching title track about her father abandoning her when she was a child. Unfortunately, so many of us can relate to the broken family/broken hearted subject matter; including country superstar and former “Idol” judge Keith Urban who had tears streaming down his face during her “Idol” finale performance. Can anyone blame him? Sniff, sniff.

Clarkson has collaborated with a lot of famous music industry peers during the course of her 14-year career including Vince Gill, Sia, John Legend and Josh Groban. She is also known for singing amazing fan request covers of other artists’ songs at her live shows and recently via Facebook live video streams. She belted Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” (to her fans’ delight!) on Facebook last month. Here’s tipping our party hats to her and hoping right along with her for another 14 years more.

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