The Complete List of 'American Idol' Winners

by Etonline Staff     01:02:00 AM PDT May 22, 2014


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Season 1 Winner: Kelly Clarkson

Reigning from Fort Worth, Texas, Kelly Clarkson is the first and arguably the most successful singer to take home the title of American Idol champion. The then 20- year-old beat out runner-up Justin Guarini for the top prize in September, 2002. 

Clarkson's coronation song, A Moment Like This, went on to break a decades-old record held by The Beatles for the biggest leap to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She has since earned multi-platinum status on three records, and won countless awards including multiple Grammys, Billboard Music Awards and MTV VMAs. Clarkson recently released her fifth album, Stronger and on May 24 she will participate in the singing competition, Duets.