"American Idol" season 11 champ Phillip Phillips received his first gold plaque for his coronation single, "Home". He was given the gold platter for selling over 500,000 with the single.
The charming singer has managed to accomplish this feat just two months after debuting the song on the "Idol" stage. The plaque was presented to him by his fellow season 11 contestant, Colton Dixon.
"Before we start, I have a surprise for you," Dixon said at the Nokia Theater, the exact place where Phillips first performed the song. Those who witnessed the occasion included Interscope Geffen A&M vice chairman Steve Berman, Jeff Frasco and 19 Entertainment's Jason Morey, Myles Lewis and Brett Radin.
The guitar-slinging singer responded with "Wow!" after receiving the award. "I feel so blessed to have it happen and just want to thank Greg Holden and Drew Pearson," he said, referring to the people who penned the song. "And the fans who bought it. Can't thank you enough," he added.
The single set an "Idol" record after selling 278,000 downloads in its first week of release. It surpassed the first week sales of David Cook's single "The Time of My Life", which sold 236,000 copies back in 2008.
The "Home" singer is currently doing the "American Idol" tour with the top-ten contestants from season 11 which includes Dixon, Joshua Ledet, DeAndre Brackensick, and runner-up Jessica Sanchez.