Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Kelly Clarkson visits SiriusXM Studio on March 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

On September 4, 2002, at age 20, Kelly Clarkson won the first ever American Idol, a talent show that would soon become the most successful program in the United States, defeating Justin Guarini in the final. She performed with the ballad A Moment Like This (written for the winner of the program and then released in on the first album, Thankful). In October of the same year the song was released as a single and established a record in the United States, moving from position 52 to 1 in a very short time

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