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It was a family affair for Reba McEntire when she received the Nash Icon Award at this year’s American Country Countdown Awards. Kelly Clarkson, who married McEntire’s son Brandon Blackstock last year, paid tribute to her mother-in-law, along with country superstar Miranda Lambert. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, is managed by Blackstock. Quite a tight knit group that country world is.

Kelly and Miranda sang “How Blue” and “Take It Back” together before Reba joined in on the action and got “Fancy” with the ladies. The legendary 59-year-old singer was the first to receive the ACC Awards’ Icon Award and deservedly so given her many contributions to the genre.

Check out her acceptance speech below, along with the medley performance from all three women.

watch the tribute after the jump

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Since giving birth, Kelly Clarkson has been very selective about the gigs she commits to. With exception to a couple ones for Microsoft- no doubt in part to a marketing deal the original American Idol winner signed with the company- she’s been relatively off the grid. That’s why this one is a bit of a head-scratcher.

Over the weekend, Clarkson popped up halfway around the world to belt a trio of her hits at the Miss Vietnam beauty pageant being held at the Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort. Kween Kelly gave killer performances of “A Moment Like This,” “Stronger,” and “Because Of You” while beauty queens paraded around her.

While I’m grateful for any Kelly sighting, this one is totally random. Did pageant organizers shell out a ton of money that Kelly couldn’t refuse? Is someone on the committee the biggest KC fan? Does Clarkson have shares in the pageant? Or better yet, do they have dirt on the 32-year-old singer? Whatever the reason, Christmas came a little early for this Kelly fan. Watch the slayage below.

watch performances after the jump

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God, I’ve missed this woman. I’m hoping this is a sign of more things to come from Kween Kelly. Yuletide tracks are all well and good, but this fan wants a new album filled with pop hits. Especially after witnessing her recent covers of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” She slayed them beyond belief. Perhaps she should just release an album full of covers. How awesome would that be!!!

Kelly Clarkson released her very first Christmas album last year. Due to a pregnancy, the original American Idol released just one music video- “Underneath The Tree.” A year later, the 32-year-old singer takes a break from raising her adorable baby to debut a second clip for Wrapped In Red. The simple clip for the title track shows Clarkson sharing memories from Christmases past and looking glamorous singing into a mic. Watch her festive clip below.

watch the festive clip after the jump

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I really hate April Fools’ Day. You never know what’s legit or just a prank. Ergo this post. More than a decade later, the reported demo of Avril Lavigne singing “Breakaway” conveniently surfaced yesterday. I’m not sure if I buy it though.

Back in 2001, Lavigne wrote and recorded “Breakaway” for her debut album, Let It Go. After much thought, it was deemed unsuitable and passed along to Kelly Clarkson to record for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement soundtrack. The song would become Clarkson’s third Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit and inspire numerous covers. Give the demo a listen below and decide if it’s indeed Avril’s vocals or someone just mimicking the Canadian singer.

listen to the alleged track after the jump

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With Martina McBride on board, naturally you’d think a country ditty was in order. Surprisingly, it’s not but rather a soulful collaboration. McBride enlists Kelly Clarkson to cover Etta James’ “In The Basement.”

The duet is part of Martina’s upcoming twelfth studio album, Everlasting, where she tackles classics from the likes of Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, The Supremes, Otis Redding and more. The LP also features a duet with Gavin DeGraw. She’ll be releasing her album independently on her own label, Kobalt Label Services. Check out her duet with Kelly below.

listen to the track after the jump

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On last night’s The Voice, I must’ve missed the fact that only one elimination would take place instead of a double one. With that new piece of information, I have a pretty good idea who’s saying ‘sayonara‘ tonight.

Before Carson Daly made it official, a slew of performances filled the hour. Kelly Clarkson, who mentored Blake’s team during Season 2, returned to perform “Underneath The Tree.” The more I hear this song, the more I love it. Expect to hear this track for many more holidays to come. After her performance, she hyped up her upcoming NBC Christmas special airing on December 11. Don’t worry Kelly, I’m sure your fans will make sure you net higher ratings than Lady Gaga’s poorly-viewed Thanksgiving special. Talk about a turkey.

find out who left after the jump along with some performances

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At long last Kelly Clarkson delivers the music video for “Underneath The Tree” weeks after the adorable lyric one. The visual not only serves as the official clip for the track, but also as a promo for her upcoming NBC Christmas special, Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale airing on NBC Tuesday, December 11 at 10pm.

Clarkson and guests will celebrate the festive season with a comedic musical take on a traditional Christmas morality tale. Song selection will come directly off her just-released Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, featuring classics such as “Silent Night” and “White Christmas” as well as new material including “Underneath The Tree” and the title track.

Superstars Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood guest star on the upcoming holiday special. Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong and Jai Rodriguez also make appearances.

Check out the music video below which features Kelly performing during her upcoming special and B-roll footage of her getting ready backstage. Given that she’s newly-married and has a baby on the way, I don’t blame her for taking the easy route with the clip.

watch the music video after the jump

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In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan where thousands of lives were lost, the recording industry is banding together to raise money for the relief efforts. The three major record labels- Sony, Warner Music and Universal- created a compilation album titled Songs for the Philippines. It features 39 hit songs from some of the biggest names in the business.

Spanning multiple genres, you’ll find music from Justin Timberlake, Bob Dylan, Josh Groban, P!nk, Madonna and countless others. While some tracks like “Carry On” by Bruno Mars, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson and “Brave” from Sara Bareilles feel appropriate, others seem out of place. “Best Song Ever” by One Direction and “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera have me scratching my head. Oh well, I suppose casting the net a little wider doesn’t hurt. It’s nice to see artists with Filipino heritage also taking part, including Jessica Sanchez, Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap and Mars.

All the artists, record companies and music publishers working on the project have waived fees. The compilation album is available on iTunes for only $9.99 with all proceeds being donated to the cause. Even if you have several of the tracks already in your music collection, I urge you to purchase the album. It’s a small price to shell out to help so many. On a day where many of us have so much to be thankful for, it’s nice to think of others who are less fortunate. If you want to donate more, there’s a link to the Red Cross from iTunes.

check out the entire track listing after the jump

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