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Brandi Carlile Says Kelly Clarkson 'Nails' Her Cover of 'The Joke'

Kelly Clarkson, Brandi Carlile

Clarkson gushed with admiration for Carlile before delivering a gorgeous rendition of the Grammy-winning song. 

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.

"Nailed it," Carlile tweeted.

During her lead-up to covering the song that Carlile wowed the Grammys audience with just over a week ago, Clarkson encouraged her fans to check out Carlile's catalog.

"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.

Watch the performance below.

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