‘American Idol’ winners: From Kelly Clarkson to Chayce Beckham, where are they now?

LOS ANGELES– american idol paved the way for people to achieve their dreams of becoming music stars over the past 20 years.

Some “Idol” winners have gone on to become superstars while some who lost the “Idol” award still found fame.

Below is a list of the 19 previous winners and more on what they have achieved since becoming the American idol.

Tune in to the season premiere of American Idol starting Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7 p.m. CT on your local ABC station and the next day on Hulu.

1. Kelly Clarkson
The first singer to win the American Idol title went on to achieve 3-disc multi-platinum status, won multiple Grammys and Billboard Music Awards, and hosts a daytime talk show. Clarkson, who was 20 at the time of his victory in September 2002, also broke a decades-old record held by the Beatles with his coronation song, “A Moment Like This”, which was the fastest to reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot. 100.

2. Ruben Studard
The Birmingham, Alabama native won the top prize in 2003, edging out Clay Aiken, who is currently running for Congress from North Carolina. Studdard has released multiple albums, earned a Grammy nomination and made her Broadway debut in 2018.

3. Fancy Barrino
Fantasia Barrino beat Jennifer Hudson for the coveted title in 2004. She went on to receive multiple Grammy nominations and won her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2011. Fantasia has also appeared on Broadway, including the role principal in The Color Violet in 2013.

4.Carrie Underwood
Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood has sold over 70 million records worldwide and won multiple Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards. She is also a three-time ACM and CMA laureate. In 2008, Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. She has also written a fitness book and launched her own fitness clothing line.

5. Taylor Hicks
The fifth season introduced incredible talent, including Katherine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, and Kellie Pickler. All went on to find success. This year’s Idol champion was Taylor Hicks, who at 29 became the oldest Idol winner. Hicks released 3 studio albums, performed on Broadway, and was the first Idol winner to score a long-term Las Vegas residency.

6. Jordan Sparks
A year after crowning the oldest winner, Jordin Sparks became the youngest winner at 17. The Arizona native’s debut album went platinum. Sparks has also performed on Broadway and made her big screen debut in Sparkle with Whitney Houston.

7. David Cook
Missouri native David Cook won the Idol title in 2008. He has released several albums and performed on Broadway in Kinky Boots.

8. Kris Allen
In what was considered an upset, Kris Allen defeated Adam Lambert for the 2009 Idol crown. Allen has released several albums since the win.

9. Lee DeWyze
Lee DeWyze had a solo career and a band, which produced two albums, even before hitting the Idol stage. Since winning the title in 2010, DeWyze has released 7 more albums.

10. Scott McCreery
Season 10 featured a close competition between Scott McCreery and Lauren Alaina. McCreery, then 17, won the award. The North Carolina native’s debut album was certified platinum. He’s released multiple albums since then, scored a number 1 country hit with “Five More Minutes” and opened for Brad Paisley and The Band Perry.

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11. Philip Phillips
Georgia native Phillip Phillips shot to success after winning Idol with his mega hit “Home.” He also toured with John Mayer, released a few more albums, and played a diamond smuggler on an episode of Hawaii Five-O.

He also had a memorable audition for ‘Idol’ with renditions of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.

12. Candice Glover
She auditioned for Idol three times before finally winning the crowd in 2013. Candice Glover released a debut album after her win, but the South Carolina native hasn’t recorded another since.

13. Caleb Johnson
The 2014 American Idol winner was a real rocker. Caleb Johnson even got to perform with KISS during the show. He released a solo album after winning, but then formed a new band called Caleb Johnson and the Ramblin’ Saints.

14. Nick Fradiani

Connecticut native Nick Fradiani released an album titled Hurricane after his Season 14 win. He also toured with rock band The Alternate Routes and performed with a nationwide tour of A Bronx Tale.

15. Trent Harmon
Season 15 winner Trent Harmon defeated La’Porsha Renae for the crown. The Mississippi native followed up his victory with the release of an EP in 2016 and a studio album 2 years later titled “You Got ‘Em All.”

16. Maddie Poppe
The two-hour season 16 finale featured winner Maddie Poppe singing a “Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog. In an added twist during the finale, Maddie and finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson announced that they had started dating. They performed a medley of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” after the announcement.

17. Laine Hardy
Laine Hardy, 20, appeared on season 16 and came back to win it all in 2018. He released his debut album last year. “Here’s to Everyone” features 11 songs, including 2 written by the Idol winner.

18. Just Sam
The very first remote final due to the pandemic brought together 5 candidates. Just Sam from New York, once a subway singer, won the crown. She signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records but separated without ever releasing an album.

19. Chayce Beckham
The Season 19 finale featured close competition between Chayce Beckham, Grace Kinstler, and Willie Spence. Beckham, of Apple Valley, Calif., won the title. He is currently on tour and has released a duet with Linday Bell called “Can’t Do Without Me”.

Tune in to the season premiere of American Idol starting Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7 p.m. CT on your local ABC station and the next day on Hulu.

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