American Idol judge Randy Jackson knows a thing or two about being a dad. The music mogul has three: Taylor, 18, Jordan, 10, and Zoe, 12. So, OK! wanted to know what he thought about the news that former Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is about to be a parent for the first time.

"I think he’s going to be a really good dad," Randy told OK! at The Father of the Year Awards to benefit Save the Children U.S. Programs. "Clay — Call me, dawg. I’ll give you some tips."

Randy was honored as one of the Fathers of the Year at the ceremony in NYC, and the musician/producer/record exec said he knew two guys who would be a little jealous about his award. "Simon [Cowell] and Ryan [Seacrest] would be extremely angered and upset because they’re not even fathers," he joked. "It’s an award they couldn’t get."

So what’s the best thing about fatherhood for Randy? "That unconditional love you get from your kids," he explains. "That’s the best love in the world."

Finally, Randy opened up about the marriage between his good friend Mariah Carey and her new hubby Nick Cannon: "I’m so happy for her. I love her immensely, dearly. Nick is mad cool. I think they’re going to be extremely happy together."

By Jocelyn Vena

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