It has almost been a full week since Kelly Clarkson’s E •MO•T•ION-al performance of her latest single ‘Piece By Piece’ on American Idol left audience members, viewers at home and myself in a flood of hysterical tears.
It has since become a viral sensation garnering over 10 million views on YouTube and has reignited the public’s interest in Kelly, who was feared to be experiencing a decline in her career with album sales and hit singles not being what they once were.
But in the space of a week all that has changed, the single ‘Piece by Piece’ has been re-recorded with just Clarkson’s vocals and a piano and has been re-released and is now certified Gold shifting 500,000 copies.
This is Kelly Clarkson’s very own REVIVAL.
But the renaissance of Kelly Clarkson, or what some on twitter have creatively termed the Clarksonaissance, should come as no real surprise because for years and years she has been delivering stellar live performances of her music.
Whether they’re fuelled with emotion, complete and utter visual treats or just continued proof that she has one of the best voices in the business (and the best singer to come from any reality singing contest)- Clarkson never dissapoints.
Here are my list of Kelly Clarkson’s other fantastic live performances;
Kelly Clarkson- Sober- (Live from the Troubadour)
Taken from her annoyingly overlooked third album ‘ My December’, Clarkson gives a beautiful performance of ‘Sober’ whilst being 3 months pregnant.
Kelly Clarkson- Behind These Hazel Eyes- (Live- The Pulse)
I remember coming across this performance of Behind These Hazel Eyes just through music forums back in 2005 and it’s still one of my favourite performances of the song. She demonstrates such incredible control over her voice and I am a sucker for a well timed ad-lib.
Kelly Clarkson- Already Gone (Live on The Late Show with David Lettermen)
Yes, we all know the studio version to this song sounded exactly the same as Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ but I place full blame on Ryan Tedder for that. Despite this, whenever Kelly does perform ‘Already Gone’ live she strips it back and that really lets you hear how beautiful the song is.
Kelly Clarkson- Since U Been Gone (Live at The MTV Video Music Awards 2005)
If I had to pick a live Kelly Clarkson performance, this one would definitely be in my top 3. The year was 2005 (I was 15, Christ!) and Kelly was enjoying the most successful era of her career with sophomore album ‘Breakaway’. Even before she started performed, then named P. Diddy told us what were about to see was going to be incredible. He was not wrong. It looked as if Kelly was having the time of her live up on stage here, she jumped in the crowd and even with water pouring down her face she did not miss a single note.
Kelly Clarkson- Because of You- (Live at The Grammys 2006)
It would be criminal to do a post about Kelly Clarkson’s best live performance and not include this absolute gem. Clarkson won two Grammys on the night she performed a heartfelt performance of ‘Because of You’ (which she wrote at 16 years old- yes SIXTEEN YEARS OLD). There are so many things I could say about this performance and why it is honestly just stunning but I’d rather you just watch it for yourself.
It has been 10 years since this performance and the 2.41 mark still gives me chills.