Kelly Clarkson returns to the “45th Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8|7c on ABC) as a nominee for Single and Musical Event of the Year for her duet with Entertainer of the Year nominee, Jason Aldean. The pair debuted their single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” at last year’s CMA Awards, paving the way for a chart topping hit. The song went on to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and has sold nearly 2 million digital downloads since its release, making it the best-selling country collaboration in digital history.
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It’s been almost a decade since Kelly Clarkson was crowned the inaugural American Idol winner on FOX-TV’s now-smash talent competition series. Although the program has aired for an astounding 10 seasons and produced a number of superstars (including fellow CMA Awards nominee and co-host, Carrie Underwood) Clarkson remains the most successful Idol contestant in the show’s duration, having sold over 23 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide.
Since 2003, Kelly Clarkson has released four multi-Platinum studio albums and a number of popular singles, including the power pop hits “Breakaway,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Although 2011 earns Clarkson her first CMA Awards nominations, she is no stranger to Country collaborations. She joined Country Music star, Reba McEntire, for a cover of Clarkson’s “Because of You” on McEntire’s 2007 Reba: Duets album.
Clarkson will release her fifth studio album, Stronger, this fall on RCA Records. Clarkson co-wrote five of the album’s 13 tracks and collaborated with songwriters such as Ester Dean (Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera) and Bonnie McKee (Britney Spears, Miranda Cosgrove.) The album’s lead-off single, “Mr. Know It All,” debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and continues to climb the charts. Stronger hits stores on Oct. 24.