WATCH: Kelly Clarkson Performs Electric Version of ‘Since U Been Gone’ at 2005 VMAs

by Emily Morgan
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Before becoming the pop superstar that she is today, Kelly Clarkson turned heads with her iconic performance at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. 

Clarkson delivered a whirlwind performance when she sang her early-hit, “Since U Been Gone.” Arguably, the song can be categorized as one of the best breakup anthems of the early 2000s. 

Two years before the performance, Clarkson became the winner on the first season of “American Idol,” which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. 

Kelly Clarkson’s High-Energy Entertainment

At the VMAs, the 23-year-old took the world by storm when she snagged the awards for “Best Female Video” and “Best Pop Video” for “Since U Been Gone.” In addition, she also took the title of “Best Female Video” for her heartbreaking ballad “Because of You.” 

Clarkson seems as if she’s an old pro during her VMA performance. Coming off her 2004 “Breakaway” tour, she effortlessly commands the crowd with her insanely high energy level and standout voice. Even though she’s sprinting around the stage, she’s able to belt out the lyrics powerfully as the crowd sings along. Rocking all black, Clarkson surprises the audience by drenching herself and the crowd with rain halfway into the performance. 

“Since U Been Gone” dropped in 2004 as apart of her second studio album, Breakaway.

The songwriters initially wrote the track for Pink, but she turned it down. Later, Hilary Duff was offered the song but rejected it because she couldn’t hit its higher notes. 

Finally, Clive Davis convinced the songwriters to give the track to Clarkson. She later decided to add heavier guitars and harder drums after noticing that the first version had a pop sound. 

Lyrically, it’s from a woman’s perspective as she expresses her relief that comes with the end of a troubled relationship.