With six Grammy nominations this go-round, "American Idol" continues to add to the accolades and awards that further strengthens their ongoing argument that they create superstars (said in promo vids in tones that suggests that theirs is the only show that does so). Two former winners, Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia Barrino, and Season 5 finalist Mandisa are all up for various awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at the upcoming late January event.
The good people over at The Hollywood Reporter culled through the exhaustive nominations list, posting their findings on Dec. 8, and noted that the "American Idol" alums were listed in six categories.
Leading the list was Fantasia Barrino, the Season 3 winner, with three nominations: Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Get It Right”), Best Urban Contemporary Album (Side Effects of You) and Best R&B Song (“Without Me,” which she wrote with Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels and Kyle Stewart). The Grammy nominations bring her total to 11. If she takes home one or more, the North Carolina singer will be adding to her collection, which she started in 2010, winning for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("Bittersweet").
Mandisa may have finished in ninth place during Season 5, but she has certainly carved out a name for herself in Christian music since then. She's up for two Grammys: Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance (“Overcomer”) and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Overcomer). Her two nods are her fourth and fifth, and the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album nomination is her second (behind 2012's What If We Were Real). And she was nominated for Best Gospel album in 2008 and 2010 (for True Beauty and Freedom, respectively). Overcomer hit No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and the title track followed suit on both the Christian Adult Contemporary and the Hot Christian Songs charts.
Kelly Clarkson is no stranger to the Grammy nominations list, either. Her latest is her eleventh nod from The Recording Academy as well. She's up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance ("Don't Rush" with Vince Gill). Over her decade-long career, the first "Idol" winner has picked up three Grammys altogether, two in 2006 (Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakaway and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone”) and one last year for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her album Stronger.
At present, the "Idol" alum with the most Grammy wins is Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood. She has taken home six gramophone trophies out of ten nominations overall.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 26, 2014. The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS Television.