American Idol Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips was all smiles during a cast photo opportunity at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles recently, and with good reason: He received his first gold record!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phillip with surprised with his RIAA award a reward for selling more than 500,000 copies for his coronation single, “Home” just before the photo session took place.

“It’s so crazy to me,” Phillip said after receiving the surprise placard from former co-contestant Colton Dixon in front of an audience of his fellow Idol alums and execs from Geffen A&M and 19 Entertainment.

“I feel so blessed to have it happen and just want to thank Greg Holden and Drew Pearson and the fans who bought it. Can’t thank you enough.”

Not too shabby for Phillip’s first single!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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