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Kelly Clarkson, Danny Gokey try to add to post-Idol Grammy history

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Kelly Clarkson, shown during an NBC press outing earlier this year, will be up for another Grammy Sunday night. (NBC Photo)

Kelly Clarkson, shown during an NBC press outing earlier this year, will be up for another Grammy Sunday night. (NBC Photo)

Kelly Clarkson and Danny Gokey will be up for honors at the 60th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.

In the process, they’ll be trying to add to a remarkably prestigious list of Grammy accomplishments by former American Idol contestants.

Kelly started that history when she won the Grammy awards for best female pop performance (“Since U Been Gone”) and best pop vocal album (“Breakaway”) in 2006.

Since then, there have been only two years — 2012 and 2016 — when a former Idol contestant didn’t walk away with a Grammy.

Kelly is nominated for best pop vocal performance this time around. The nomination is for “Love So Soft,” the lead single from her new album.

She’ll be up against some tough competition. The other nominees are Lady Gaga for “Million Reasons,” Kesha for “Praying,” Pink for “What About Us” and Ed Sheeran for “Shape of You.”

Danny, the third-place finisher from Idol Season 8, is up for his first Grammy. He’s nominated for best contemporary Christina music album for “Rise,” which came out last January.

Danny’s competition: “Echoes” by Matt Maher, “Lifer” by MercyMe, “Hills And Valleys” by Tauren Wells and “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams.

Some familiar singing show personalities, including Kelly, will also be presenting during Sunday’s show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on CBS. Other presenters include Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus.

Miley will also perform with Elton John during the show.

Here’s a complete list of past Idol winners.




IDOL GRAMMY WINNERS

2006

Kelly Clarkson, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone.”
Kelly Clarkson, Best Pop Vocal Album, for “Breakaway,” produced by Clive Davis.

2007

Carrie Underwood, Best New Artist.
Carrie Underwood, Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Jesus Take the Wheel.”

2008

Carrie Underwood, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “Before He Cheats.”

2009

Jennifer Hudson, Best R&B Album, for her self-titled debut.
Carrie Underwood, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “Last Name.”

2010

Carrie Underwood, Best Country Collaboration, with Randy Travis for “I Told You So.”

2011

Fantasia, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, “Bittersweet.”

2013

Carrie Underwood, Best Country Vocal Performance, “Blown Away.”
Kelly Clarkson, Best Pop Album, “Stronger.”

2014

Mandisa, Best Contemporary Christian album, “Overcomer.”

2015

Carrie Underwood, Best Country Vocal Performance, “Something in the Water.”

2017

The Color Purple (featuring Jennifer Hudson) as best musical theater album

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