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Their Lives Would Suck Without Her: 10 People Who Owe Kelly Clarkson Big Time

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Kelly Clarkson shot to fame as the very first winner of American Idol! We met her way back in 2002 as a 20-year-old waitress from Texas, and now she’s a bonafide Grammy-winning superstar. She’s had 10 Top 10 hits, she sang the national anthem at this year’s super bowl, and in December she took her place alongside fellow soulstresses on VH1 DIVAs. So for all that, we’ll agree to forget about From Justin To Kelly

While other so-called Idols have fizzled (What was the name of that grey-haired dude again? Anyone?), Kelly’s star is still burning bright as ever, with her latest single “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” hitting the number one spot. And she did all of this before her 30th birthday! Yes, the singer turns the big 3-0h today, so to celebrate let’s take a look at ten people who she’s influenced in the last decade. Happy birthday, Kelly!  And as you so perfectly put it, our lives would suck without you.

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