'American Idol' Alums Nab Six Grammy Nominations
Winners Fantasia and Kelly Clarkson along with former finalist Mandisa are recognized by the Recording Academy.
Three American Idol alumnae have earned six Grammy nominations for the 2014 awards. All are repeat nominees and two are former Grammy winners.
Season-three winner Fantasia, season-five finalist Mandisa and season-one champ Kelly Clarkson are in the running for this year’s event, to be held at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Jan. 26. Clarkson already has won three Grammys, starting in 2006 with Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakaway and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone.” Clarkson won a third Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2013 for Stronger. Clarkson has one nomination this year, for her collaboration on “Don’t Rush” in the category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Fantasia is the Idol with the most Grammy nominations this year. Her three nods are for 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). Fantasia also received three Grammy nominations in 2006, for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album. Fantasia collected Grammy noms in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and won in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category in 2011 for "Bittersweet."
Mandisa has a pair of nominations this year, for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance (“Overcomer”) and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Overcomer). Her No. 1 hit “Overcomer” is up for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, but Mandisa is not a co-writer on the track.
Mandisa has three prior Grammy nominations, one each in 2008, 2010 and 2012. All were in album categories, for her first three studio albums, True Beauty, Freedom and What If We Were Real.
This year’s six mentions bring the total number of Grammy nominations for Idol finalists to 49 and could add to the franchise’s 12 wins. Carrie Underwood has won the most Grammys with six. Jennifer Hudson is also a Grammy winner and Taylor Hicks appeared on a track on a Grammy-winning comedy album by Jimmy Fallon. Other Idol finalists who have received nominations include season-two's Ruben Studdard, season-five's Chris Daughtry and Ace Young, season-six winner Jordin Sparks and season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert.