"That's what I'm saying. This is a testament of how good this album is," Clarkson said, referencing her personal struggles after filing to end her seven-year marriage with husband Brandon Blackstock in early June.
"If this album can be so great for someone like me who's really wanting some Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morissette at this point -- it's a great album."
Clarkson has been candid about her divorce with Blackstock, with whom she shares two young children. Last week, she told Sunday TODAY that "my life has been a little bit of a dumpster" in recent months. Back on set for the first time in six months, Clarkson spoke to her audience -- who were represented by screens propped up on seats in the studio -- about what a crazy year it's been, saying, "2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life. Definitely didn't see anything coming that came."
Clarkson said the divorce filing was about much more than the end of her marriage to Blackstock. "What I'm dealing with is hard because it involves more than just my heart. It involves a lot of little hearts. We have four kids," she said. "And divorce is never easy. And we're both from divorced families so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts."
The season two premiere of The Kelly Clarkson will feature Legend performing his new song "Wild."
Watch Legend's performance and other clips from the first season two episode.