Becoming ... Clay Aiken

See how the singer went from crooning in his living room to filling stadiums. By Serena Kappes

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One of Aiken's favorite celebrity perks is hobnobbing with other stars like Beyoncé Knowles (at the Billboard Music Awards in December). His favorite famous encounter? Meeting Oprah Winfrey. "She was great. She looks right at you when she's talking to you. She's such a nice lady," he says.