Kelly Clarkson Performs Stunning Cover Of Brandi Carlile's 'The Joke': Watch

Kelly Clarkson The Joke
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Kelly Clarkson covers Brandi Carlile's "The Joke"

Kelly Clarkson recently killed us with her cover of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow," and now she's done it again with her heart-stomping take on Brandi Carlile's Grammy-winning "The Joke."

Clarkson, who makes time during her live shows to offer up a unique spin on some of her favorite songs, pulled out the Carlile cover in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night (Feb. 21) during a stop on her Meaning of Life Tour.

"If you get a chance to see her live, it is amazing, like she's so inspiring and just talented and just a really rad human," Clarkson said of Carlile, whose songs she's covered in concert for years. "But anyway, she had this big performance at the Grammys recently and I was so excited for her becuase it couldn't have happened to a cooler human being, and a more talented one at that... I hope I do it justice, Brandi."

With her smoky voice rising up over a spare keyboard, Clarkson gave the ballad a jazzy vibe, perfectly handling the song's slow rise and emotional roller coaster ride while gripping the mic stand as if her life depended on it while hitting a series of high, clear notes near the end. "She can write one hell of a song!" Clarkson gushed as the song's final notes faded out.

Watch Clarkson's cover below.


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