Clay Aiken – A North Carolina Artist


Our State is a magazine about North Carolina.

On Sunday, November 18th, the magazine’s webpage published a December Holiday Soundtrack.  The playlist features Christmas songs that are performed by some of  North Carolina’s favorite artists.

Track #7 is My Grown Up Christmas List by Clay Aiken.  Seems like the magazine has good taste in music – however, I have to admit that I don’t know Tift Merritt or the Rosebuds.  I guess I better listen.

Be sure and stop by OURSTATE to see the entire playlist and, as always, take the time to leave a comment.

On Sunday evening, the 2012  American Music Awards took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  Justin Bieber was named favorite artist of the year – the night’s top award.  It was his third award of the night.

The American Music Awards were created by showman Dick Clark in 1973 as an alternative to the Grammy Awards; they honor achievements in popular music and the recording business. The awards salute the entire spectrum of music, from country-western stars to Soul singers, as well as hard rock, rap and traditional.

The crystal trophy for the American Music Awards is in pyramid shape. Roberta Flack won the first trophy in 1973. Since then, more than 30 awards are given each year. The American Music Award is basically a popularity contest based on a poll of CD buyers. The record for the most American Music Awards is 22 which both Whitney Houston and Alabama have received.

The American Music Awards show is broadcast live on network TV each year. It attracts the biggest names in the music business. They appear live on stage as performers, presenters, recipients, and sometimes hosts. The show is not about awards so much as it is about musical performances. Acceptance speeches are limited to 45 seconds. Many notable stars have hosted the show including Elton John, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Glen Campbell, and Natalie Cole.

Clay Aiken attended and participated in the American Music Awards three different years. On November 16, 2003, Clay attended the show with Amber Nix. He performed Invisible and Jesus in Love as a duet with Ruben. Clay won the Fan’s Choice Award.

The next year, on November 14th, Clay presented the Favorite Male Artist Award. Kathy Griffin walked out wearing a wedding dress and declaring her love for Clay. “I think your obsession with me has gone too far,” was Clay’s retort.

Finally, on November 21, 2006, Jimmy Kimmel was the host. He introduced Clay by saying

“It’s no surprise that our next guests wanted to present together, as you probably read in all of the tabloids, she is carrying his baby. Just back from their lavish wedding in Rome, Tori Spelling and Clay Aiken.”

They walk out hand in hand. Another highlight of the evening came when Clay poked fun at his “Live” spat with Kelly Ripa. Clay spoofed his hand-over-the-mouth exchange with the talk show host while he and Tori Spelling were onstage to introduce John Mayer. As Clay introduced the singer, Tori placed her hand over his mouth, saying, “And I’ll tell you where that hand has been later.

Although the show is not my favorite to watch, I hope that Clay will attend again and receive another award.

Typical of Clay, his look at each show was dramatically different. Which look is you favorite from the AMA’s?

#1 - 2003

#2 - 2003

#3 - 2004

#4 - 2004

#5 -2006

#6 - 2006

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15 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A North Carolina Artist

  1. Definitely #5 and 6!!!!! But , as always, they are all cute – Clay is a natural attention getter! Watched
    each time Clay was on but haven't since.

  2. I remember all three evenings–anticipating his appearance on the show was always so much fun.
    My favorite look is the last one–loved his hair and what he was wearing.
    But, I do agree with gaymarie1–he always looks GREAT (and sounds amazing).

  3. I like #6. It's the same as #5, but without the jacket…Loved that look. He looked so sophisticated. I'm hoping that one day Clay will be on award shows again…to receive another award for his singing voice. If anyone should win an award for Best Male Voice…Clay should.

  4. I vote for #1 and #5. I like My Grown Up Christmas List but #1 in my heart is Mary Did You Know. Running a close second by less than 1% of the vote is Merry Christmas With Love.

  5. My favorite is #5. Of course, he is a cutie in all of them. Clay has such charisma that he stands out in any crowd. I watched every time he was on the AMA's..but, I haven't watched since. Not my cuppa tea.

  6. I love Clay's look in #5. You mentioned Dick Clark. Do you remember that he and Clay share the same birthday. There must have been a lot of magic in the stars for those born on Nov 29.

  7. His 2006 look is my fave and I prefer it without the jacket. I didn't like the 2004 look at all and I see no one else mentioned that look as their favorite.

  8. 1, 5, & 6 are my choices but wherever he sings, if I can, I will be there! Amazing man not only in voice but heart.

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