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EW’s Entertainers of the Year 2002
Denzel Washington Tobey Maguire The Osbournes Nia Vardalos Simon Cowell Kelly Clarkson Eminem Halle Berry Norah Jones Alfonso Cuarón Mira Nair Jennifer Aniston Michael Moore 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 then 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 as a legitimate artist with a passionate following (and, as of June 2014, a bouncing baby girl named River Rose). 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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June 18 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT