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Kelly Clarkson Covers Tori Kelly On Tour Kickoff Night

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Kelly Clarkson kicked off her Piece By Piece Tour this past weekend in Pennsylvania. Like her previous one, the 33-year-old singer includes a segment during this tour where she performs a cover requested by her fans. Expect many more of these posts to come as she makes her way through North America.

For her first cover, she picked Tori Kelly’s infectious single “Nobody Love.” Clarkson praised the rising star saying, “I’m a huge fan of this artist.” She added, “Not many people can sing well live and this girl is nailing it.” Preach Kelly!!! I love Tori and ecstatic that Kelly is a fan as well.

When Tori saw the cover, she tweeted her gratitude. “This is so awesome 2 me. thanks @kelly_clarkson for the shoutout & for being such a real artist (she killed my song).” And boy did she ever. Clarkson nailed it.

Check it out below. I can’t wait to hear what she has in store when she hits my neck of the woods. So excited to see her. Surprisingly, I’ve never attended her concert previously.

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Heartbeat Song” was the first of Kelly Clarkson’s lead singles not to crack the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. I’m sure some heads were chopped for choosing that track to launch Kelly’s Piece By Piece era. Hopefully, she can turn it around with the official second single.

The 33-year-old chose the Sia-penned ballad “Invincible.” Wise decision. It’s by far the best on her seventh studio album. I’m confident it’ll chart much higher than its predecessor’s peak of No. 21.

For the accompanying visual, Clarkson enlisted Natalie Mroczka to direct. The female-empowering clip shows several vignettes of troubled adolescents interspersed with Kween Kelly in an empty apartment. Eventually, they all come together and execute some fairly simple air fisting choreography.

The highlight for me, though, is Clarkson herself. She looks great in her black ensemble. Check out the clip below.

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Heading into the 2015 Billboard Music Awards telecast, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s first performance of “Pretty Girls” was without a doubt the performance everyone was looking most forward to. About two hours in, the duo did themselves proud. It wasn’t at all a trainwreck, and in fact, both ladies looked sensational. Britney, IMHO, hasn’t looked this great and comfortable on stage in years. Well done.

Mariah Carey also made a notable appearance as well. She hit the Billboard stage for the first time in 17 years. Perhaps she’s still recuperating from bronchitis, but Mimi wasn’t at her vocal best. Every note felt so laborious as opposed to the ease she belted out those notes years ago.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson absolutely slayed her vocals during her “Invincible” performance as did Tori Kelly and Nick Jonas on “Nobody Love” and “Jealous” respectively.

Speaking of Jonas, he was in fine form tonight. Dude looked beyond sexy. Charlie Puth and Empire‘s Jussie Smollett also smoldered on stage during their respective performances. Check out all the videos below.

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On his new album, Stages, Josh Groban decided to cover his favorites from the Great White Way. A few of the productions that 34-year-old singer chose include songs from Into The Woods, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and A Chorus Line to name a few.

“Stages is an album I’ve wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon,” Groban says. “I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time.”

What I Did For Love” was the first taste heard from the LP and now we have our second. It’s a stunning duet featuring none other than Kelly Clarkson. The two team up on “All I Ask Of You” from The Phantom of the Opera. It’s as amazing as you’d imagine.

During her American Idol season, Broadway was never a theme. Had it been, Clarkson would’ve definitely slayed. She effortlessly hits all the high notes on this Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned number. Check out the sensational duet below.

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Throughout her career, Kelly Clarkson has been criticized about her weight. It’s more evident as of late as she’s been working hard promoting her latest album.

While the 32-year-old could lose a couple of pounds, as most of us including myself, I think people are too hard on her. The woman just had a baby in the past year. Not everyone can shake off the baby weight within a couple of weeks. Sure, Clarkson looks great when a bit slimmer, but if she’s happy that’s all that matters.

Watch Kelly open up to Ellen DeGeneres about her body shaming which dates as far back to her American Idol days. She also sings a duet the daytime talk show host. Check both vids out below.

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The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards took place over the weekend at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event honors the best artists and biggest songs from the past year in several categories.

Taking home the big prize was Taylor Swift. She beat out the likes of Luke Bryan, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Sam Smith for “Artist of the Year.” The 25-year-old entertainer also snagged “Song of the Year” and “Best Lyrics” for “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” respectively.

In addition to the expected categories, there were a few interesting out-of-the-box ones as well including “Best Fan Army” and “Renegade” awards. Justin Timberlake was bestowed the iHeartRadio “Innovator Award,” following in Pharrell’s footsteps who was last year’s inaugural winner.

Among those to hit the stage were Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Rihanna and Sam Smith to name a few. Taylor Swift surprised the audience when she joined Madonna for “Ghosttown.” Check out the performances below.

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Kelly Clarkson Covers Tracy Chapman For SiriusXM

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Like I needed Kelly Clarkson to give me another reason to love her. This just affirms my eternal love for the 32-year-old singer. Clarkson slays a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” by giving it a stripped down arrangement. White girl’s got major soul ;)

It’s so good, I felt I had to call in somewhere to vote for her. No wonder she took home the inaugural American Idol title. No one can do a song cover like “Miss Independent” herself.

Speaking of which, fans, including myself, have long wished for Kelly to release an entire album full of covers. That’s guaranteed money!!! I’d buy it for sure. Check out Kelly’s performance on SiriusXM Hits 1 below.

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Everyone has a favorite musical number. Josh Groban apparently has several. The 34-year-old singer decided to cover his favorites from the Great White Way for his upcoming album titled Stages which hits the streets on April 28.

“Nothing has inspired me more in my life than the energy that is shared in a theater when great songs and great art are on the stage,” Groban said in a press release for Stages. “I wanted this album to pay tribute to those inspirations and memories.”

A few of the productions that Groban picked songs from include Into The Woods, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and A Chorus Line to name a few. “What I Did For Love” from the latter is the lead single off his new album. The accompanying music video features Josh simply playing the piano and lets his fantastic voice take the stage front and center.

“Stages is an album I’ve wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon,” Groban says. “I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time.”

Stages features a couple notable duets. Kelly Clarkson and Audra McDonald sing on “All I Ask of You” (Phantom of the Opera) and “If I Loved You” (Carousel) respectively. Give Josh’s new video a watch below.

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