Pop star Kelly Clarkson has long honored other artists with covers of their songs during her live performances. Last week, during her Meaning of Life tour, the Voice coach blew the doors off of "Shallow" in a tribute to Lady Gaga. Now she's turned out a cover of recent three-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile's "The Joke" that Carlile retweeted with her approval.
"I love Brandi Carlile. If you get a chance to see her live, it is amazing. She's so inspiring and just talented and just a really rad human," Clarkson, said of the 37-year-old out singer songwriter.
"She had this big performance at the Grammys recently, and I was so excited for her because it couldn't have happened to a cooler human being, and a more talented one at that," Clarkson told the crowd at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena.
Prior to starting the song, Clarkson said, "I hope I do it justice, Brandi."
After paying a moving homage to Carlile with her exquisite interpretation of "The Joke," Clarkson exclaimed, "She can write one hell of a song!"
Clarkson later responded to Carlile's tweet, reiterating her adoration for the singer.
\u201cI didn\u2019t nail it \ud83e\udd23 BUT I tried and I love you and wish I could cover your songs every night #LookingOut has been my jam for years girl, along with most of your catalogue \ud83d\ude0a\ud83d\udc81\ud83c\udffc\u200d\u2640\ufe0f\u2764\ufe0f\u201d