Well this is awkward. On Sunday night, May 20, music fans will have a decision to make. They could watch “American Idol” for the first part of its two-night season finale. Or they could watch the very first “American Idol” champ, Kelly Clarkson, when she hosts the Billboard Music Awards. This year’s “Idol” contestants may be especially ambivalent. They hope to win the reality singing competition now. But they’re probably hoping their fans will get to watch them pick up Billboard Awards this time next year.
Clarkson is performing at the Billboard Awards in addition to hosting the event, which honors musicians for their success as measured by record sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement. Over the course of her career Clarkson has won 12 Billboard prizes, including Best Selling Single of the Year in 2002 for “Before Your Love/A Moment Like This,” which was her “American Idol” victory single.
“Idol” produced another chart-topping superstar: country singer Carrie Underwood, who has won 10 Billboard Awards including Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year in 2005 for her own “Idol” victory anthem, “Inside Your Heaven.” Additionally, other “Idol” champs have made an impact on the charts and on the awards scene. Ruben Studdard won three Billboard Awards. Fantasia Barrino won two. Kris Allen earned one nomination. And Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips earned two nominations apiece.
That’s good news for this year’s “Idol” finalists Gabby Barrett, Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson, one of whom will become the 16th winner of the reality series on Monday night, and the first winner since “Idol” was relaunched by ABC with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan — Perry and Bryan are past Billboard winners too, while Richie is a past nominee.
So who will you be watching this weekend: the music stars of today, or the music stars of tomorrow? Vote below.
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