Beating out contestants from ten other seasons, Kelly Clarkson topped Forbes' list of top-earning "American Idol" contestants.
From May 2011 to May 2012, the "Stronger" singer earned about $8 million, far surpassing the following two who tied for the second spot, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry, who each took in $5 million.
Held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the ceremony was co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins, while Luke Bryan emerged as the big winner with seven trophies, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
The 17-year-old starlet looked beautiful in a red strapless gown and sparkly red necklace as she hosted the CMA Red Carpet show live. Her fellow "Idol" contestant looked boyishly handsome in a gray suit with a black dress shirt and black skinny tie.