And Kelly Clarkson and Danny Gokey will have a chance to add to that legacy in 2018.
The Grammy nominations were announced Tuesday. And while Jay-Z’s eight nominations and Kendrick Lamar’s seven were the big news, the announcement also bore great news for Kelly and Danny.
Kelly’s latest single, “Love So Soft,” is nominated for best pop vocal performance.
She’ll be up against some tough competition. The other nominees are Lady Gaga for “Million Reasons,” Kesha for “Praying,” Pin for “What About Us” and Ed Sheeran for “Shape of You.”
Kelly already has three Grammys to her credit, the last coming in 2013.
But for Danny Gokey, it marks the first Grammy nomination. The third-place finisher from Idol Season 8 is nominated for best contemporary Christina music album for “Rise.”
His competition includes “Echoes” by Matt Maher, “Lifer” by MercyMe, “Hills And Valleys” by Tauren Wells and “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams.”
Here’s a link to the complete list of Grammy nominees. The Grammys air Sunday, Jan. 28, on CBS.
And here’s a look at the past winners from American Idol.
IDOL GRAMMY WINNERS
Kelly Clarkson, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone.”
Kelly Clarkson, Best Pop Vocal Album, for “Breakaway,” produced by Clive Davis.
Carrie Underwood, Best New Artist.
Carrie Underwood, Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Jesus Take the Wheel.”
Carrie Underwood, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “Before He Cheats.”
Jennifer Hudson, Best R&B Album, for her self-titled debut.
Carrie Underwood, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “Last Name.”
Carrie Underwood, Best Country Collaboration, with Randy Travis for “I Told You So.”
Fantasia, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, “Bittersweet.”
Carrie Underwood, Best Country Vocal Performance, “Blown Away.”
Kelly Clarkson, Best Pop Album, “Stronger.”
Mandisa, Best Contemporary Christian album, “Overcomer.”
Carrie Underwood, Best Country Vocal Performance, “Something in the Water.”
The Color Purple (featuring Jennifer Hudson) as best musical theater album