We all know Kelly Clarkson is a musical gift to this world, but the American Idol winner just keeps on surprising us! The 36-year-old took the stage at the Kennedy Center Honors to perform Reba McEntire’s 1991 hit “Fancy,” and begged her mother-in-law not to judge her. But judging by the very enthusiastic thumbs up and applause she received, it’s safe to say no one was mad at Clarkson’s performance.
The 41st annual event, which also featured a stellar performance from Adam Lambert singing a cover of Cher’s “Believe,” had a star-studded crowd present to celebrate the 2018 honorees, which included Philip Glass, Wayne Shorter, and Hamilton‘s creative team. Clarkson’s cover had a good number of people dancing along in their seats and ended with them all on their feet for a standing ovation. The moment was obviously an emotional one for Clarkson and McEntire, who have been friends since 2007 and became family when The Voice coach tied the knot with McEntire’s stepson Brandon Blackstock in 2013. Clarkson ended her performance by telling McEntire she “hoped she did it justice,” but let’s be real: she made us all proud. Especially her mother-in-law!
Watch the sweet performance above!