Brandi Carlile Delivers Chilling Acoustic Rendition of 'The Joke' on 'Ellen': Watch

Brandi Carlile
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Brandi Carlile performs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 

Grammy-winning folk singer Brandi Carlile performed a moving, live acoustic rendition of her track “The Joke” Thursday (Feb. 14) on Ellen. The song is the lead single from her critically acclaimed sixth studio album, By the Way, I Forgive You, which took home the Grammy for best Americana album this year.

When the number began, Carlile stood onstage with just a guitar in hand and passionately strummed along while she belted out powerful notes. The audience watched in silence as the singer’s immense vocals commanded control of the space with every small voice crack and plucked guitar string.

The highlight of Carlile’s performance came toward the end, with Carlile belting at the top of her register, bringing the room to a standing ovation. After the set, the singer spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about her Grammy acceptance speeches and what it felt like being the most-nominated female artist of the night.

“I came out of the closet when I was 14 years old because of you,” Carlile told DeGeneres. “I never attended any parties or was ever invited to a dance or anything like that. I basically said that to be embraced by such an enduring and loving community was the dance of a lifetime.”

DeGeneres praised the singer for bravery and mentioned Carlile’s upcoming Madison Square Garden performance. Carlile described the achievement as an “unfathomable dream” that she’s extremely excited to see come true.

Watch Carlile’s impeccable performance of "The Joke" below:


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