Clay Aiken – Exciting and Amazing Things

Last night, I sat in front of my computer, hoping for a tweet or message about Clay Aiken.  According to a tweet, someone saw him at a production of the musical, Elf. The musical is playing at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh so this might be right. And, one of his castmates from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is in the cast.  Drew King is the assistant dance captain for the touring troupe. I hope that he and Clay had some time to enjoy some memories. But…that’s all the  news!!  I am really missing Clay and hope that he is OK and doing something that he wants to be doing.  But Clay, say hi to us soon, OK?

As I sat at my desk, I couldn’t help but think about the last 10 1/2  years and the many exciting and amazing things that Clay has had the opportunity to experience.

Today is November 16, and ten years ago, Clay was standing on the stage of the Shrine Auditorium, accepting the Fan’s Choice Award at the 2003 American Music Awards.

Unlike the Grammys, the American Music Awards nominations are based on sales data compiled by SoundScan and industry trade magazine Radio and Records, while winners are based on ballots sent to more 20,000 record buyers. Clay was nominated for two awards that night and won the Internet-voted Fans’ Choice award. The following singers were nominated for the award:

  • Clay Aiken
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • 50 Cent
  • Matchbox 20
  • Tim McGraw
  • Justin Timberlake

Ruben Studdard joined Clay for a musical performance at the ceremony. They both sang their popular singles and then joined with a gospel choir to perform “Jesus Is Love,” a beautiful gospel song written by Lionel Richie. Both Clay and Ruben sounded wonderful as they harmonized together and proved to the audience why they were an important part of the show.

The three-hour telecast was hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel who introduced Clay and Ruben as “the spaghetti and meatball” of music. Clay attended the event with Amber Nix.

The following are some videos of Clay at the show. Enjoy!!

Did you watch the show on TV?

What did you think of the duet by Clay and Ruben?


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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Exciting and Amazing Things

  1. Oh I sure DO remember that night! And what a night that was!! We were all so happy he won his award AND the fabulous duet with Ruben. Man! How lonnnnng did he hold that note!??!!

  2. Thanks for putting this video up!!! OMG…he was so young and humble as always!!
    Loved this and yes… lonnnnnnnnnnnnng DID he hold that note??!!! AMAZING!
    (saw the infamous "lip bite" a couple of times too….LOL

  3. i remember when clay aiken won on the americian music awards and when rubin and clay sang together jeasus is love that was amazing they taugh me that jeasus is love and that jeasus wold never desert me and that long note that clay sang incredable and amazing

  4. I definitely remember this. We waited and waited for Clay. It was nice to see the videos again!! Thanks Musicfan…

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