Composed by Kelly Clarkson, with additional input by David Hodges and Ben Moody. Recorded by Kelly Clarkson for her second studio album, Breakaway. The singer wrote Because of You when she was 16 years old to cope with the emotional distress caused by her parents’ divorce. She wanted the song to be included on her debut studio album but her record label rejected the song. She then fine-tuned the song with the help of David Hodges and Ben Moody (both from American rock band Evanescence) before convincing her record label to include it on her second studio album, Breakaway. The music video won in the Best Female Video category at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, making it two years in a row that Kelly Clarkson had won this award.