Song of the Year: "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson
With a Nietzsche-inspired title and uplifting lyrics, Kelly Clarkson’s title track off her fifth album, Stronger, invokes feel-good fist-pumping reminiscent of “Since U Been Gone,” which won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. “Stronger,” written by Jorgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson and Greg Kurstin (all pop-producing powerhouses) packs a similar punch to Clarkson’s first post-American Idol hit and solidifies her status as more than a made-for-TV talent. Even though Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe” was the surprise, candy-coated hit of summer 2012 and fun. had everyone believing in the power of the hipster, Clarkson (who wowed crowds at President Obama’s recent inauguration) and her songwriters struck a universal chord with this dance anthem radio hit.