Beating out contestants from ten other seasons, Kelly Clarkson topped Forbes' list of top-earning "American Idol" contestants.
From May 2011 to May 2012, the "Stronger" singer earned about $8 million, far surpassing the following two who tied for the second spot, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry, who each took in $5 million.
A tough touring schedule can take a toll on anyone's voice, and Friday night (December 14) Carrie Underwood suffered the loss of her voice mid-concert.
After about 90 minutes into her concert at the Iowa Events Center, the country crooner told the crowd, "I feel real guilty about making any money on this show tonight… So whatever I’m making is just going to go right back into this community. I feel that's the right thing to do.”
Held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the ceremony was co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins, while Luke Bryan emerged as the big winner with seven trophies, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.