Kelly opted for an edgier musical direction on her next album, “My December,” which was released in June 2007. The artist took more creative control this time around — producing and co-writing the songs, some of her darkest ones to date.
RCA was unhappy with how it turned out and limited album promotion. Two years later, Kelly rediscovered her old sound for her fourth studio album, “All I Ever Wanted.” The single “My Life Would Suck Without You” had a unique love-song-meets-anthem vibe, becoming an instant hit. “All I Ever Wanted” received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys.
Not One Grammy, But Two!
2006 was a landmark year for Kelly Clarkson. Moving away from her image as a talent show winner to a respected artist in her own right, she was conquering one milestone after the other. This was the year she went from Grammy-nominated to two-time Grammy winner.
At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards that February, the pop sensation won Best Pop Vocal Album for "Breakaway" and Best Pop Vocal Performance for her hit "Since U Been Gone." She also made her performance debut on the telecast in the same year, singing her heart-breaking single "Because of You,” again winning hearts worldwide.
Collaborating With Her Music Inspiration, Reba McEntire
In 2007, the American Idol's dream came true when she met her favorite country music idol, Reba McEntire, and even got to work with her. The pair recorded a duet of Kelly's song "Because of You," much to their fans' delight. The original single was incredible enough. With Reba McEntire in the mix, the world got another chart-topping hit.
Their duet peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Country Billboard chart. The two music legends clearly hit it off because Kelly appeared as a guest on Reba's self-titled series that same year. Later, Kelly would also marry Reba's then-stepson, music manager Brandon Blackstock.
A Challenging Year
2007 proved to be the most challenging year in Kelly Clarkson's career. Tensions had been rife between her and her manager, Clive Davis, who tried to steer her away from the darker direction she took while working on her album. She ended up firing him and canceled her album tour for "My December" that year.
Although the album eventually had a late release in June and performed reasonably well, the bad blood between her and Davis had cost the project. The singer later expressed regret at how things went down between them, saying things had been blown out of proportion.
A Duet With Jason Aldean
While Kelly Clarkson was known for her singles in the pop and rock genre, country music was never off the table for her. Kelly and Jason Aldean performed a duet of Aldean's song "Don't You Wanna Stay" at the 2010 Annual Country Music Association Awards.
The performance received so many rave reviews that the artists recorded a studio version of the song, which fared even better – no surprises there! It received several nominations and won the Academy of Country Music Awards for Best Vocal Event of the Year in 2011. The duo also performed the hit song at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.