American Music Awards 2012: Kelly Clarkson performs greatest hits medley with 'Idol' homage

kelly-clarkson-american-music-awards-judges.jpgIt doesn't seem possible that Kelly Clarkson has been around long enough to be putting out a greatest hits record, but as Randy Jackson pointed out at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, it's been a decade since Clarkson auditioned for "American Idol" with a refreshing rendition of Etta James' "At Last."

In a brilliant promotional move for said Greatest Hits album, Clarkson performed a medley of favorites from her career. She began the performance with a number pinned to her dress and three "judges" looking on from the stage -- though Jackson had already given her his stamp of approval, calling her "so dope" during his introduction.

After "Miss Independent," she ditched the audition number and belted out "Since U Been Gone," "Stronger," and "Catch My Breath." In a sea of lip-syncing popstars and overdone boy bands, her strong voice and flawless delivery is always a welcome addition to any awards show.

Here's hoping that "American Idol" goes back to churning out stars like Clarkson and Carrie Underwood sometime soon -- the latest winners have fallen a little flat when it comes to a post-reality-TV career.
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