- 09:11 AM, Jan 20
Being one among the many winners of the 33rd annual prestigious American Music Awards held November 22, 2005 at the Shrine Auditorium, Kelly furthermore scored nominations at that year's Billboard Music Awards, including that of Artist of the Year and Hot 100 Song of the Year categories. Continuously honing her singing skills, she at last picked the fruit of her hard work when she surprisingly won the 48th annual Grammys. Picking the awards of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Since U Been Gone" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Breakaway", she automatically becomes the first contestant from "American Idol" to win at the prestigious event.
Done with the second album, she geared up the production of the third, "My December". The album that arrived July 26, 2007 was claimed to show another side of Kelly and was in line with her belief that every record of her will never be the same. Employing a more mature mode, Kelly hinted at her "metamorphosis" as an angry woman in single "Never Again". The song quickly became a hit and entered Billboard 100 at #8 based solely on the airplay. However, unlike her previous "more-radio friendly" singles, "Never Again" quickly fell off the chart and was the beginning of a series of unfortunate events for her. With the production of the darker "My December", Kelly had refused to work with people behind "Thankful" and "Breakaway", thus creating a rift between her and RCA president Clive Davis. She was also in trouble when her longtime manager Jeff Kwatinetz left her due to "artistic differences" which mainly was triggered by the latest album. Not only that, fans also saw Kelly's new direction as "unfamiliar" that the singer's summer tour was scrapped off due to poor ticket sales. This matter was explained by Kelly's management team as not a result of a dying flame but because the schedule was too soon for a tour to start.
Personal matters clouding over "My December" were soon put aside when the album entered at #2 in Billboard Hot 200 chart. In the first week of its release, the record was sold 291,000 copies, only 30,000 units short of the frontrunner "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus". Just few days before the charting, Kelly had also said hi to her new manager. She moved to Starstruck managing company and hired Reba McEntire's husband slash manager, Narvel Blackstock.