'American Idol' alumni score five Grammy nominations

carrieunderwood_cma2009_290.jpgCarrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are Grammy Award veterans by now. They'll be joined at the 2010 awards by a couple of fellow "American Idol" alumni.

Season two winner Ruben Studdard and season five finalist Mandisa each picked up the second Grammy nods of their careers on Wednesday. Studdard is part of the original cast recording of "Ain't Misbehavin'," which is up for best musical show album. Mandisa was nominated for best pop/contemporary gospel album for her effort "Freedom."

Clarkson earned her fifth career nomination by scoring a nod for "All I Ever Wanted" as best pop vocal album, while Underwood was nominated twice: best female country vocal performance for "Just a Dream" and best country collaboration with vocals for "I Told You So" with Randy Travis. They're the sixth and seventh Grammy nominations of her career.

Clarkson, Underwood and Jennifer Hudson are the only past "Idol" contestants to have won Grammys in the past. Underwood leads the pack with four; Clarkson has two and Hudson one.

The Grammys will air Jan. 31 on CBS.

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