Ruben Studdard

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Ruben Studdard

Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978) is an African-American singer. He won season 2 of American Idol. His runner up is Clay Aiken.

Performances and results[change | change source]

Week Theme Song Original artist Result
Top 32 Contestant's choice Superstar" Delaney & Bonnie Advanced
Top 12 Motown "Baby I Need Your Loving" Four Tops Safe
Top 11 Movie Soundtracks "A Whole New World" - Aladdin Brad Kane & Lea Salonga Safe
Top 10 Country rock "Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd Safe
Top 81 Disco "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" Barry White Safe
Top 8 Billboard Number Ones "Kiss and Say Goodbye" The Manhattans Safe
Top 7 Billy Joel Just the Way You Are" Billy Joel Safe
Top 6 Diane Warren "Music of My Heart" 'N Sync and Gloria Estefan Safe
Top 5 1960s "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" The Temptations Bottom 22
Neil Sedaka "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" Neil Sedaka
Top 4 Bee Gees "Nights on Broadway" Bee Gees Safe
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" Bee Gees
Top 3 Random "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" Stevie Wonder Safe
Judges' Choice "Smile" - Simon Cowell Charlie Chaplin
Idol's Choice "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" Peabo Bryson
Top 2 Finale A House Is Not a Home" Dionne Warwick Winner
"Imagine" John Lennon
"Flying Without Wings" Westlife

  • ^Note 1 Corey Clark was taken out of the contest so the Top 9 performances became Top 8 when no one was taken out.
  • ^Note 2 When Ryan Seacrest said the results of this Studdard was at the Bottom 2. He was safe, as Trenyce was taken out of the contest.

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

  • BET Awards
    • 2004, Best Male R&B Artist: (Nominated)
    • 2004, Best New Artist: (Nominated)
    • 2005, Best Gospel Artist: (Nominated)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2004, Favorite Male R&B Vocal Performance - "Superstar": (Nominated)
  • Image Awards
    • 2004, Outstanding Male Artist: (Nominated)
    • 2004, Outstanding New Artist: Won
  • Soul Train Awards
    • 2004, Best New R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: "Superstar": (Nominated)

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

Year Album Chart Positions Certifications
(amount sold)
2003 Soulful
  • Released: December 9, 2003
  • Label: J Records
  • Format: CD
1 1
  • US: 1,800,000[2]
2004 I Need an Angel
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • Label: J Records
  • Format: CD
20 6 1
2006 The Return 8 2
2009 Love Is 36 8 5
2012 Letters from Birmingham 73 12
2014 Unconditional Love 46 11

Compilation albums[change | change source]

Ruben has songs on an album that put together from songs on other albums

Year Album Sales
2010 Playlist: The Very Best of Ruben Studdard
  • Released January 26, 2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy

Singles[change | change source]

Year Title Chart positions Album
2003 "Flying Without Wings" 2 13 27 Non-album single
Superstar" 112 2 Soulful
2004 "Sorry 2004" 9 2
"What If" 47
"I Need an Angel" 32 I Need an Angel
2006 "Change Me" 94 18 1 The Return (Ruben Studdard album)|The Return
2007 "Make Ya Feel Beautiful" 32 6
2008 "Celebrate Me Home" single
2009 "Together" 60 Love Is
"Don't Make 'Em Like U No More" 32 40
2012 "June 28th (I'm Single)" 73 16 Letters from Birmingham
2014 "Meant to Be" Unconditional Love

Single certifications[change | change source]

Year Title CAN
2003 "Flying Without Wings" 3x Platinum[6]

Other albums[change | change source]

  • American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs (2003)
    • "What the World Needs Now" (with Season 2 Finalists)
    • "God Bless the U.S.A. (Proud to Be an American)" (with Season 2 Finalists)
    • Superstar
  • American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics (2003)
    • "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
    • "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (American Idol Ensemble)
    • "This Christmas"
  • Genius & Friends (2005)
    • "Imagine" with Ray Charles and The Harlem Gospel Singers
  • Ain't Misbehavin' (2009 Cast Recording)
    • "Honeysuckle Rose" duet with Frenchie Davis
    • "The Jitterbug Waltz" with Patrice Covington & Company
    • "Lounging At The Waldorf" with Frenchie Davis, Trenyce Cobbins & Patrice Covington
    • "Your Feet's Too Big"

Movies[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

Preceded by
Kelly Clarkson
American Idol winner
Succeeded by
Fantasia Barrino