Who Are the Most Successful ‘American Idol’ Contestants?

American Idol is a popular singing competition. It's produced some of today's biggest singers. Let's examine these participants' backgrounds and success.

First American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Her debut single "A Moment Like This" topped the Billboard Hot 100. She has sold 25 million albums and won three Grammys.

Kelly Clarkson 

Carrie Underwood won American Idol 4. She sold over 70 million records and won seven Grammys. She is one of the most successful country singers and has received many songwriting awards.

Carrie Underwood 

Jennifer Hudson placed sixth in American Idol 3. She won an Oscar for "Dreamgirls" and became a popular actress and singer.

Jennifer Hudson 

Adam Lambert was American Idol's eighth-season runner-up. Four studio albums and international tours are his. He's appeared on Broadway and TV.

Adam Lambert 

Chris Daughtry placed fourth in American Idol 5. Daughtry has sold over 8 million albums globally. The band has four Grammy nominations.

Chris Daughtry 

Fantasia Barrino won American Idol 3. She has six studio albums and a Grammy. She's a successful actress and author.

Fantasia Barrino 

Jordin Sparks won American Idol 6. She has three studio albums and a BET and AMA. She's also acted.

 Jordin Sparks

Phillip Phillips won American Idol 11. He has three studio albums and two Billboard Music Awards. He toured with John Mayer and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Phillip Phillips 

Many American Idol finalists have gone on to become famous vocalists. Their music and performances inspire and entertain.