While most of 2002's EW-approved Entertainers have remained on our radar big shocker, Denzel Washington is still talented and Jennifer Aniston's still swinging that hair with the best of 'em! none has had quite the decade of Kelly Clarkson. Who would have imagined 10 years ago that this scrappy, sultry-voiced Texan would garner legitimate longevity from the prefab fame of American Idol? After weathering contractually obligatory missteps (hey, From Justin to Kelly!) and learning to emphasize the empowerment of a break-up (''Since U Been Gone'') over the angst (My December), Clarkson has come out the other end of this decade as a legitimate artist with a passionate following. We voted for the girl next door with a killer set of pipes, and that's still what Clarkson brings to the table that and enough platinum records, Grammys, VMAs, and other awards to fill Simon Cowell's house.
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As we celebrate 2012's winners, see who was on top 10 years ago -- and how they've fared a decade later