Washington, DC - Dec 12, 2012 - The National Association of Broadcasters announced that the long-running competition series "American Idol" will be the television inductee into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The show will be honored at the 2013 NAB Show Television Luncheon, April 8 in Las Vegas.
For nine consecutive seasons, the show, created by Simon Fuller, has been the No. 1 entertainment program among total viewers. Part of the show's landmark achievements have been in music sales and awards won by former contestants. Former Idol contestants have produced 370 No. 1 Billboard hits and accrued more than 250 million iTunes downloads. Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' first single, "Home," has been certified double-platinum. Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery's debut album "Clear As Day" also went platinum as it dominated the Billboard Country Albums chart. Past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks and Jordin Sparks have all dominated the music charts and won multiple awards, including Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Country Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Additionally, Jennifer Hudson is an Academy Award winner, and other former contestants such as Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Adam Lambert and Jessica Sanchez have all become household names and made their marks on the recording industry.
Through its charitable initiative, "Idol Gives Back," "American Idol" has raised more than $185 million to benefit and create awareness for children and families living in poverty and at risk in the United States and abroad. Charity partners include the Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More and Save the Children's U.S. program, among others. In continuing its philanthropic efforts, "American Idol" also encouraged viewers to donate to the American Red Cross, following the tsunami in Japan, while donating profits from "Idol's" Season 10 compilation album to the relief efforts.
"American Idol" is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers.
Previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include Betty White, Garry Marshall, "Meet the Press," Bob Newhart, "The Tonight Show," "Saturday Night Live," Ted Koppel, "M*A*S*H," "60 Minutes," "The Today Show" and "Star Trek."