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IDOL Records: Gold and Platinum and No. 1s, Oh My!


Next month's Billboard Music Awards will highlight the best and brightest in entertainment, so it's no wonder that Idols past and present will be represented at the premiere event. Former contestants and current judges will be featured in a whopping eleven categories!

Carrie Underwood is nominated for Top Country Artist Award, while her album "Blown Away" got the nod for Top Country Album. Idol alum Phillip Phillips nabbed the Top Rock Album nomination for "The World From The Side Of The Moon" as well as a Top Rock Song nomination for his song "Home." IDOL judge Nicki Minaj is up for seven awards: Top Female Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Dance Song, Top R&B Song (with Alicia Keys), Top Streaming Artist, Top Rap Artist, and Top Rap Album!

The winners will be announced at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19th!

Speaking of Idols past and present, former contestants have had their records certified an incredible 165 times! The staggering number was recently bolstered by Season 4 Winner Carrie Underwood, who's songs "Cowboy Casanova" and "Blown Away" was certified 2x Platinum while her single "Two Black Cadillacs" was certified Gold. 

This brings the grand haul to 90 gold records and 75 platinum records!

Meanwhile, Season 11 Winner Phillip Phillips has done it again! His hit single, "Gone, Gone, Gone" rocketed to #1 on the Adult Album Alternative chart, making this is 12th #1 overall.

Phillips is now tied with Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken for 8th place among all Idols with the most chart-topping titles. Combined, past Idols have accounted for 384 #1s to date! This includes all national, domestic charts compiled by the Billboard Information Group!

TOTAL:  384

Kelly Clarkson 82

Carrie Underwood 66

Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) 39

Fantasia 32

Ruben Studdard 16

Jennifer Hudson 15

Mandisa 15

Clay Aiken 12

Phillip Phillips 12

Adam Lambert 10

Scotty McCreery 10

David Cook 8

Kimberley Locke 8

Josh Gracin 7

Jordin Sparks 7

Colton Dixon 6

Kris Allen 4

David Archuleta 4

Kellie Pickler 4

Elliott Yamin 4

Taylor Hicks 3

American Idol Finalists 2

Bo Bice 2

Jason Castro 2

Bucky Covington 2

Blake Lewis 2

Chris Sligh 2

Casey Abrams 1

Paris Bennett 1

Diana DeGarmo 1

Lee DeWyze 1

Tamyra Gray 1

Casey James 1

Jessica Sanchez 1

William Hung 1

Tune in to American Idol every WED and THU at 8/7c on FOX!

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