Clarkson had her start as a contestant in a TV show, but that doesn’t mean she was bound or chained to “American Idol” and she dipped her toes in the water of other reality TV franchises. In 2012, Kelly made appearances in and performed in the rival singing contest “The Voice.”
She had previously appeared on season 2 of the show as a contestant adviser and mentor for coach Blake Shelton’s team. Kelly appeared in four episodes of the series. The appearance was part of a hugely successful “Stronger” tour to promote her fifth album. Fans and even Kelly had no idea then, but she would be back on the show in a big way.
Kelly Sings at the Super Bowl 2012
Singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl is a nerve-wracking task that can make or break careers. But Kelly Clarkson pulled it off flawlessly at the Super Bowl XIVI in 2012. To be fair, no one doubted that she had the vocals to successfully carry her through that experience.
Kelly's delivery was so spot on that it only elevated her reputation as one of the most powerful vocalists this generation had seen. Backed by a choir of children, the pop legend and O.G. American Idol winner gave a superior, lyrically-correct rendition of the song that won't be forgotten for decades.
Do You Feel the Love in the Air?
Things were going great for Kelly professionally, but what about the romantic front of her life? Well, romance had its turn too. Kelly began dating talent manager Brandon Blackstock in 2012. The couple grew deeper and more quickly in love, and a year later, in October 2013, they exchanged wedding vows in Walland, Tennessee.
Brandon became her manager, and she became stepmom to his two children from his previous marriage to Melissa Ashworth. Kelly legally adopted the kids — Savannah and Seth. “Wrapped in Red,” her first Christmas album, was released the same month as her wedding. Sounds like a busy month!
Creating History at the Grammys
Praises, awards, and accolades were pouring in for Kelly Clarkson, who, by now was a recording artist with lots of respectable projects under her belt. She won another Grammy in 2013 for Best Pop Vocal Album for "Stronger.”
The album was unmistakeably country and included now-iconic hits like "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" — arguably her most popular single to date — and "Mr. Know It All." The chart-topping album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in the United States. Kelly made history as the first artist to win in the coveted category twice.
A Holiday Special
Coming up with special projects for the holiday season is a well-known practice in the entertainment industry — especially for musicians. Christmas albums are pretty common in that respect, but let's not forget about holiday specials. Everyone knows celebrities who host their own holiday specials have truly made it.
Not everyone gets the honor until they achieve a certain level of success. "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale" was released on December 11, 2013, on NBC. The hour-long holiday special was a smashing success, featuring performances from a star-studded cast including Robin Williams, Ken Jeong, Natalie Cole, and Kelly's long-time friend and music inspiration, Reba McEntire.