Kelly Clarkson, the "American Idol" winner who was one of few peers to maintain a major pop career, won the award for pop vocal album at the 55th Grammy Awards, besting a diverse roster of artists including Florence and the Machine, Fun., Maroon 5 and Pink.
Clarkson won for her album “Stronger,” her fifth studio full-length, which was widely viewed as a return to form for the Texas-raised vocalist. Bolstered by popular singles, including the title track and “Mr. Know It All,” the album went platinum in America and returned her to the upper ranks of American pop stardom.
Clarkson also recently made news for her well-received performance at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony, where she sang “America the Beautiful" without any pre-recorded vocals.
She bested a wide-ranging group of peers, all of whom used thoroughly produced rock instrumentation to arrive at a pop sound. Clarkson won over the U.K. act Florence & the Machine, the New York indie-electronic trio Fun., the R&B-infused rock band Maroon 5 and pop-rock singer Pink.