Kelly Clarkson is busy promoting and rehearsing for a tour of her sixth studio album Piece by Piece. So far she's made the U.S. TV circuit rounds appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and "Ellen" as well as the morning shows. Getting ready for her iHeart Radio performance aired live last month, superfan Kyle presented her with two VEVO Certified Awards for two videos reaching 100 million views.
Kyle described his inspiration to move to New York City coming from Clarkson's 2004 video "Breakaway." Showing up to the studios, he was sent into the theatre room with a box containing two awards addressed to Clarkson. His dream of meeting Clarkson was coming true.
The two chatted and Clarkson talked about the close relationship she has with fans and especially the superfans, who collect anything and everything with her name on it. He showed her what he called his "Legends" book filled with magazine covers, album covers and other clippings of the superstar.
While both were worldwide hits, each has a different sentiment. "Because of You" Clarkson wrote at the age of 16 about her parents' relationship. The song however was not easy for Clarkson to release. Originally asked to be included on her debut Thankful, Clive Davis declined telling her verbatim she was "a sh**y writer" and that she should "just sing." After a fight, Clarkson included it on her sophomore mega-hit album Breakaway and the song became an instant hit. To add to it, during Clarkson's 2007 My December Tour, Davis was seated in the New York City venue where fans roared after she hit the high note causing her to fight tears as they kept screaming.
The video for "Because of You" portrayed a young Clarkson in a broken home. The little girl who played Clarkson is musical director Jason Halbert's daughter. In the end, Clarkson and her love interest stop the fighting, ultimately trying to break the cycle.
In 2011, Kelly Clarkson released her fifth studio album Stronger and featured the reversed title for a single release "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." The video features fans who submitted videos to a choreographed dance and Clarkson picked out which videos she liked best to feature. In early 2012, "Stronger" hit the top of the Hot 100 becoming her third number one to date. It also became the best-selling "Idol" alum song at that time (Phillip Phillips' "Home" now owns the title). "Stronger" is Clarkson's best-selling single with sales in excess of 4.5 million copies in the US.
The success of both singles helped Kelly Clarkson earn the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for each album they came from and made her the only artist to ever win the award more than once.