In 2016, Kelly Clarkson paid a visit to the place that jumpstarted her career. She returned to “American Idol,” obviously not as a contestant this time, and performed “Piece by Piece,” a song about her strained relationship with her father. It was a touching performance that struck a chord with more people than Clarkson had expected.
In an appearance on the “Z100 Morning Show,” Kelly described her audience’s reaction to the song as very sad. The singer was overwhelmed by the response to the song. She felt both touched and disturbed at how so many people resonated with the message.
An Undisputed Star
Kelly’s seventh album was a tremendous success, effectively silencing all the blind hate online. With massive hits such as “Heartbreak Song,” the album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Kelly also earned two Grammy nominations for “Piece by Piece.” The album was a significant win for her in more ways than one.
She had proved her detractors wrong and ended her association with RCA records. It was the label that she was signed with right after she won "American Idol" but it was time to try her luck elsewhere. Although the relationship with the record label had lasted for years, it was more tumultuous than beneficial.
She Defends Others From Fat Shamers
Knowing what it's like to be at the receiving end of remarks on her body, Kelly took it upon herself to support anyone unfairly chastised for their weight. She became an active voice in that field. When actress Valerie Bertinelli was at the receiving end of body shaming online, Kelly jumped to her friend's defense.
"True power is recognizing others' negativity and punching it square in the face w/all the positive, remarkable, intelligent, and beautiful light that seeps from our pores," she tweeted. "It's a shame people speak ill of others because while some of us are dancing, others are afraid."
Kelly Clarkson VS. Carrie Underwood
Rumors about bad blood between Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have always made the rounds. It seems like some people just can't stand to see two successful women without trying to pit them against each other. When another gossip piece emerged, Kelly was not afraid to shut it down, taking matters into her own hands.
She posted a picture someone had sent her describing the alleged rivalry, saying she officially had a feud with whoever chose the photo. Why should Carrie get the best angles while she had "the worst expression?" She capped things off with a scorching burn, "All I'm saying is if you're going to lie, at least give me a good picture."
On Messing Up Barack Obama's Name
Kelly might be a mega-successful star, but fans love her for being super relatable. During an interview with Seth Meyers in 2016, the singer recalled meeting Barack Obama for the first time and how she messed up his name! Obama was a senator then.
He had recently won a Grammy (you read that right!) in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category for "Dreams From My Father." Kelly was invited to the Senate to introduce Obama, and when she got up to speak, she blanked out! She could not remember his name or the Grammy category. Obama did not seem to mind, however. He even invited her to perform at his Presidential inauguration.