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Kelly Clarkson Talks Positive Response of Her 'Shallow' Cover: 'I'd Been Wanting to Do That Song Ever Since I Heard It'

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Kelly Clarkson performs during the opening night gala of the 2018 tennis US Open held at Arthur Ashe stadium of USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug. 27, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, New York City. 

On Friday night (Feb. 15), Kelly Clarkson dropped jaws with her stunning cover of A Star Is Born's smash hit, "Shallow."  Clarkson spoke to Forbes about the cover's positive response in a recent interview, and the time Lady Gaga wrote her a handwritten letter.   

"Well, we do covers every show and I'd been wanting to do that song ever since I heard it," she said. "I thought it was really cool and it's fun for the audience if they know the song."   

I know that sounds goofy, but I'm just a fan of what they do and I mean a good song is a good song, right," she continued. "I will say it's kind of nerve-wracking when you're like, 'Oh god, I hope they don't hear this.' If you didn't like it."   

She also reminisced on a time back when Lady Gaga only had one single out, 2008's "Just Dance." The now superstar wrote her fellow pop chanteuse a handwritten letter, thanking Clarkson for sharing the stage together. "It was funny because nobody really knew her," Clarkson remembered. "But I remember I was like, 'Man, this chick can sing.' I was hearing her backstage and then I came out and I noticed she was wearing bubbles. Like, she had just giant bubble-like things all over and I was like, 'Oh, damn. She's artsy.' I was like, 'She's going to be a fun chick to watch,’ because she was all-in and I thought that that was really cool."  

"The same thing with Lady Gaga - was more of not like a thank you so much for opening," she said of the handwritten letter. "It was like a, 'Man, it's so awesome to share the stage and thank you.' It was just a really cool thing that nobody really does, especially in the email generation, nobody does handwritten letters. I thought it was just very cool."

Read the full interview with Clarkson here.


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