Kellie Pickler grew up with her grandparents here [photo] in North Carolina after her mother left the family and her dad ran into addiction and legal troubles.

You've probably heard her talk about her Grandpa Ken.

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Kellie won Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night and dedicated her Mirror Ball Trophy to her Grandpa Ken, who was often in the audience and inspired her to compete on both DWTS and American Idol

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