‘American Idol’ OG Emotional Message Celebrating

Andrew Tinoco 
The time now is Monday, September 5, 2022 at 8:46 AM.

Kelly Clarkson was named the inaugural champion of Fox's singing competition American Idol on September 4, 2002.

The singer is expressing her appreciation and marking the 20th anniversary of her victory on the reality show.

Clarkson wrote on Instagram, "20 years ago today, I won American Idol, and it forever changed the trajectory of my life.

I will be forever grateful for that moment since it was the door that let in so much access, opportunity, and creative partnership

. My 20-year career in music and television has given me family and friends who are priceless to me.

Following her time on American Idol, Clarkson released "A Moment Like This," the song she performed on the show's finals night

Since then, Clarkson has achieved great success, including singles like "Miss Independent," "Breakaway," "Since U Been Gone," "Because of You,"

," and "Behind These Hazel Eyes," among others. "Because there are only so many trips around the sun,