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Ruben Studdard

Christopher Theodore Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978), best known as Ruben Studdard, is an American R&B, pop, and gospel singer. He rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol. He received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Superstar." In the years following Idol, Studdard has released five studio albums. In addition to appearing on various television shows he has toured with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama Heaven I Need a Hug and in 2008 accepted the role of Fats Waller in a national tour of Ain't Misbehavin'. Studdard, who was born in Frankfurt, Germany while his American father was stationed there with the U.S. Army, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. The youngest son of two teachers, at the age of three he sang for the first time at the Rising Star Baptist Church in his hometown of Birmingham. He continued singing gospel in church, performing solos as a child while his mother sang in the local choir. While at Huffman High School, he played football for which he received a scholarship to Alabama A&M University. While at Alabama A&M he joined the Omicron Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the men's music

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Ruben Studdard Divorces Like a CHAMP ... with Ironclad Prenup

Ruben Studdard
Divorces Like a CHAMP With Ironclad Prenup

If you ever plan to get married, start taking notes -- because former "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard just went through the CLEANEST divorce ever ... all thanks to his ironclad prenup.TMZ… READ MORE >

Ruben Studdard -- Giant Tax Lien ... Again

Ruben Studdard
Giant Tax Lien ... Again

It's never a good sign when a singer has had more tax liens than platinum albums -- but that's the situation former "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard has found himself in ... TMZ has… READ MORE >

- 775 days ago
Ruben Studdard Files for Divorce

Ruben Studdard
Files for Divorce

"American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard has filed for divorce, TMZ has learned.The Velvet Teddy Bear (who won Season 2 back in 2003) filed the papers in Alabama ... citing -- what else --… READ MORE >

- 883 days ago
Ruben Studdard -- I'd Give Paula $10 Million!

Ruben Studdard -- I'd Give Paula $10 Million!

Someone affiliated with "American Idol" finally thinks Paula Abdul deserves $10 million. Slight problem: It's only Ruben Studdard.Studdard, who won season two, thinks Paula is "probably" worth it… READ MORE >

- 1710 days ago
Ruben Voted Off Photog's iPod

Ruben Voted Off Photog's iPod

Keep in mind Ruben Studdard won "American Idol" when watching this video -- because when he turned the camera on our guy and asked him which of his songs was his favorite, our photog couldn't name… READ MORE >

- 1763 days ago
'Idol' Winner Treated Like a Real Loser

'Idol' Winner Treated Like a Real Loser

In 2003 Ruben Studdard was crowned "American Idol" -- but six years later the Velvet Teddybear says the show that made millions off him and many other wannabeens wouldn't even fork over a few… READ MORE >

- 1794 days ago
Velvet Teddybear Claws at "Idol"

Velvet Teddybear Claws at "Idol"

For a guy who built his entire career on "American Idol," you'd think Ruben Studdard would at least pretend to still enjoy the show... See Also "American Idol" -- TMZ Mole Strikes Again "American… READ MORE >

- 1884 days ago
Ruben -- Keep Me Outta That Claby Mess!

Ruben -- Keep Me Outta That Claby Mess!

Big Rube and Clay were buds on "AI" -- but don't expect Mr. Studdard at Clay's baby shower, he wants nothin' to do with all the baby mama drama.insertBCSinglePlayer(1590219671); See Also Claby… READ MORE >

- 2142 days ago
Ruben Studdard: On the Rag

Ruben Studdard: On the Rag

Clay Aiken's biggest rival -- other than a TMZ photog -- gave a perspiring performance in DC last night. How many towels does that guy need?insertBCSinglePlayer(1586321394); See Also Studdard… READ MORE >

- 2145 days ago
Former Idol Contestants' 'Lofty' Demands

Former Idol Contestants'
'Lofty' Demands

Before fading into fallen "Idol" obscurity, Ruben 'The Velvet Teddy Bear' Studdard and Kimberley Locke can still get their dressing rooms fitted to their liking. While Locke requests simple and… READ MORE >

- 2236 days ago

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