Clarkson was the first winner of the American Idol
competition, which she won in 2002. This was her second single, after "A Moment Like This
," a ballad that received a great deal of support from American Idol
, where Clarkson performed it.
"Miss Independent" gave a huge boost to Clarkson, as it established her as a legitimate singer and songwriter outside of the American Idol
machine. It served as a template for future Clarkson hits like "Since U Been Gone
" and "Walk Away
," where lyrically, she sings about being tough in relationships and musically, she explodes into the chorus from relatively quiet verses.