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"Miss Independent" also received wide notice and acclaim. Furthermore, in April the same year, the singer debuted in her first film with "Idol" runner-up, Justin Guarini. The movie entitled "From Justin to Kelly" is a musical about two teens, Justin and Kelly, who fall in love while on Spring Break in Miami. The characters' romance gets sidetracked when their friends get in the way. Unfortunately, the film received weak reviews and was a box office disaster.
Although the movie was not a blockbuster success, Kelly remains a respected and known artist. As an evidence, in 2004 she received a Grammy Nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her Top 10 hit single "Miss Independent". Moreover, she embarked on the 30 cities "Independent Tour" with fellow "American Idol" contestant, Clay Aiken (2004), and that same year she released her sophomore album, "Breakaway", which debuted at #3. Though her first album debuted at #1 and sold a few thousand more copies in its first week, industry experts noted this was not too bad of a sophomore slump. "Breakaway" got double platinum, while her singles "Breakaway" and "Since U Been Gone" have both garnered widespread airplay and made it into the U.S. Top 10.
Beyond her music career, Kelly has also appeared on NBC's "American Dreams" as Brenda Lee and as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" on February 12, 2005. In addition, on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart, dated March 31, 2005, Kelly was placed at #2 with "Since U Been Gone". This is the highest peak of a pop song since Ashlee Simpson peaked at #5 with "Pieces of Me" in 2004. Last but not least, in 2005 Kelly was ranked #92 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World. Her dominance in pop music was still clearly visible as she won four categories of Best Female Artist, Best Album for "Breakaway", Best Single for "Since U Been Gone", and Best Summer Single for "Behind These Hazel Eyes" at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards held in August 16. It was quickly followed with her achievement to take home two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video through "Since U Been Gone". Known also as a caring person, she participated in ReAct Now: Music & Relief, a live broadcast which aimed to collect fund for the American Red Cross and the victims of Hurricane Katrina by