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By Marc Inocencio
Happy Birthday, Kelly Clarkson! The Grammy Award-winning singer celebrates her 32nd birthday on Thursday, April 24.
The Texas native — who is expecting a baby girl with her husband Brandon Blackstock — became a pop-country music sensation after her debut on the first season of American Idol. Years after her coronation as the singing competition’s first-ever winner, Kelly continues to dominate the industry with her world-conquering music and memorable acts.
In celebration of her birthday, here is a look back at her 20 greatest live performances:
21. When she covered Adele's "Someone Like You" in concert (2012)
2. When she teamed up with Rascal Flatts for "What Hurts the Most" (2006)
3. How about that time she revived Ray Charles' "You Don't Know Me" with John Legend? (2012)
4. ... And Betty Hutton's timeless classic "Stuff Like That There" on Idol (2002)
5. When she delivered a hair-raising performance of her hit single "Already Gone" at the 2009 AMAs
6. When she showed Idol contestants how it's done with "People Like Us" (2013)
7. When she performed "Breakaway" at The X Factor UK finale (2012)
8. When she took everyone's breath away with "Catch My Breath" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2013)
9. When she showed off her wedding fever at the 2013 CMA Fest with "Tie It Up"
10. When she gave Eminem's "Lose Yourself" a pop treatment in concert (2012)
11. When she delivered an arresting performance of "Because of You" at the 2006 Grammys
12. When she let freedom ring with her rendition of "My Country Tis of Thee" at Obama's 2013 Inauguration?
13. Remember when she got festive and performed "Underneath the Tree" on The Voice? (2013)
14. When she channeled her inner Aretha Franklin for her rendition of "Respect" on Idol (2002)
15. ... and "Natural Woman" (2002)
16. When she performed "My Life Would Suck Without You" during an unplugged acoustic set for Radio 1's Live Lounge (2009)
17. When she sang a medley of her greatest hits at the 2012 AMAs
18. How could anyone forget the time she made it rain at the 2005 VMAs during her performance of "Since U Been Gone"?
19. When she won American Idol with "A Moment Like This" (2002)
And of course, her Idol audition that started it all
20. When she debuted her undeniable vocals and won the world with her Girl Next Door personality (2002)