Fifteen-year-old Brynn Cartelli is the youngest winner in the history of The Voice, but she has a pretty good mentor — Kelly Clarkson! The “Piece by Piece” singer knows a thing or two about vocal competitions, and she shared some of her words of wisdom for the newly minted star at a press conference following the show’s finale.
First and foremost, Clarkson, 36, stressed the importance of a good single to announce your arrival in the pop world.
“You have to capitalize on the momentum. It’s amazing that she’s already got all these songwriters and producers that are into her,” she told reporters. “It’s amazing that she’s already, by the way, an amazing songwriter, as well. So to have this young, gifted girl make [her new] album, while this single, ‘Walk My Way‘ is coming out bridging that gap, is going to be pretty key.”
But business strategy aside, Clarkson also gave her tips on how to stay sane throughout the dizzying ascent to global fame.
“I always tell her to stop and enjoy it, and don’t get too overwhelmed. It’s good to keep the momentum, but not to be miserable. I didn’t have anybody tell me that, so I’m constantly annoying her with this message: ‘It’s not worth it unless you’re having a good time.’ None of it is worth it. Any job would be better. It is not worth it. It is hard. It is a lot of work.”
Cartelli also echoed the sentiment from Clarkson. “The biggest lesson I learned from Kelly is, as she said, to have fun with this and not let it steal everything from you,” she told reports after the finale. “It is important to stay grounded and keep that normalcy in your life. She has definitely taught me that.”
The freshman admitted that it’s “going to be weird going back” to her high school studies. “Balancing it all has been very hard for me, but it is definitely worth it to know this is in the forefront of my life right now and I want to continue that.”
Clarkson revealed that she sees a lot of herself in the strong-willed young singer — and the qualities will serve her well throughout the course of her musical life.
“Everybody in this industry since the beginning of my career has been telling me to kind of not be me,” she says. “It’s like, ‘We want you to do something else.’ I think the reason why I’m still here is because I am me, and I don’t really care either way. I love myself and it’s cool if you dig it, it’s cool if you don’t, I’m totally down either way. She has that same attitude, and that’s why we really get along.”
While she cautions Cartelli about leaning on people who only stand to benefit from her success, Clarkson made it clear that she’ll stan for her any day of the week.
“I am excited to just be her cheerleader. I don’t need anything from her. I just desire for her to be successful and most of all happy — because I wasn’t happy for a long time, and I think it was because I didn’t have anybody constantly checking in. I hope that I am that for her.”
I’ve added hundreds of new photos of Kelly from tonight’s appearance at the Billboard Awards. She hosted and performed and was AMAZING. While hosting she addressed the Santa Fe shooting. Check out a snippet from the press about it. You can also see videos and photos of her at the award show below. Enjoy!
Tearful Kelly Clarkson Opens Billboard Music Awards with Tribute to Santa Fe Shooting Victims
Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with a powerful tribute to her home state.
The show’s host shed tears as she honored the 10 victims of Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. “I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year. Once again, y’all, we’re grieving more kids that have died for absolutely no reason at all,” Clarkson said as the MGM Grand venue was lit black.
“Tonight they wanted me to say that obviously, we want to pray for all the victims and families. They also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working, obviously.”
“Why don’t we stop moments of silence and do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Change what’s happening, because it’s horrible. Mommas and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs. You should be able to live your life without that fear,” the mother of four said.
“So people need to do better. We are failing our children, we’re failing our communities. We’re failing their families. I have four children. I can’t imagine getting that phone call or knock on the door. So instead of a moment of silence, I want to respect them and honor them with tonight y’all in your community, where you live, your friends, everybody. Let’s have a moment of action, let’s have a moment of change.”
Also in her opening monologue, Clarkson reemphasized her call to action.
“I’m not going to try and cry anymore. I hate talking about it but you have to talk about it or no change is going to happen,” she said.
“What am I doing here you’re asking, me too. I don’t know but someone’s getting fired y’all but it ain’t me because I’m under contract,” Clarkson quipped as she began her opening jokes.
“I get it hosts, people who generally host, they’re comedians like Amy Schumer, she’s awesome, Chris Rock, he’s awesome. Tonight you’re just getting me. And I’m a singer and this is obviously new for me so be nice and if you’re gonna be mean at least be funny,” she continued.
“I’ve decided that tonight I’m just going to be who I really am at these shows and I’m a big fan y’all, I love all these artists,” Clarkson said as she waved to Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato.
Whole Lotta Woman Performance:
It’s official! Kelly is returning for season 15 of The Voice! She will be joined by Voice veterans Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, as well as Jennifer Hudson. This is my dream team of coaches so I’m so excited!!
Multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem before the start of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Clarkson will sing on Race Day in the traditional spot before the 33 drivers are called to their cars in front of the largest single-day spectator sporting event crowd in the world.
Clarkson, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, first rose to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol.” She has grown to become one of the most popular artists of any era, with more than 100 No. 1 singles on all Billboard charts and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles.
She has won three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and one Country Music Association Award.
This will be the second time Clarkson has performed the anthem before the Indianapolis 500, as she also sang in 2011 with Seal while accompanied on piano by David Foster.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kelly back to IMS on Race Day to sing the national anthem for hundreds of thousands of fans in the stands and millions of viewers around the world,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “She is an incredible live performer with a wonderful and instantly recognizable voice. We look forward to her rendition of the national anthem during one of the most poignant moments of this iconic global sporting spectacle.”
Clarkson has released eight studio albums, one greatest hits album and two children’s books. Her most recent album and first for Atlantic Records, the soul-inspired “Meaning of Life,” was released in October 2017 and features the Grammy-nominated single “Love So Soft.” The album’s second and latest single is the stunning ballad “I Don’t Think About You.”
She also is a coach on the 14th season of the hit TV singing competition, “The Voice,” which premiered in February.
Follow Clarkson on Twitter @kelly_clarkson, on Instagram @kellyclarkson, on Snapchat at itsmekellyc and on YouTube at youtube.com/kellyclarkson.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.
The race will be televised live on ABC, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. (ET).
Kelly was recently on The Ellen Show. She talked about her kids, The Voice, and hosting the Billboard Music Awards. Enjoy videos from her appearance.
I’ve added a scan of Kelly from the new issue of People magazine. Such a cute photo!! She’s pictured with River and Remy. I’ve also added a bunch of missing scans from 2018. Enjoy!
Kelly Clarkson needed more than a minute to recover from this glass of wine.
The “Love So Soft” singer and her Voice co-star, Blake Shelton, are hilariously reliving one wine-fueled double date night with their significant others in an interview with ET.
“She’s the kinda person that I was already mad at for other reasons, like spilling something on the carpet,” Shelton says of the duo’s dynamic. Clarkson’s husband, Brandon Blackstock, is also Shelton’s longtime manager.
“If I’m around with wine, I’m thinking, did that actually happen?” Clarkson adds with a laugh. “That’s probably a true story.”
Leave it to Shelton to chime in with a hilarious true story on that subject.
“Last time I was at Kelly’s house,” he begins, “she had [what] started off as a white T-shirt…” Despite her best efforts to shush him, Clarkson ultimately concedes.
“Here’s the thing, y’all, in fairness, it’s every mother that hasn’t drank since having — you know, you’ve been pregnant, and you have a kid,” she says. “I tell you what, I mean, one glass in me and I just kinda made poor decisions from there.”
“It’s like a tie-dyed shirt by the end of the night,” Shelton adds, with Clarkson laughing: “My husband was a really good husband that night.”
Meanwhile, the double date nights have made their way from Clarkson’s Nashville home to Gwen Stefani’s Los Angeles pad.
“The first time I saw Gwen’s house, it’s insane!” Clarkson gushes. “I was kind of like Pretty Woman walking in the store, except I didn’t look like Julia Roberts, and I was walking in the store and they were like, ‘You don’t belong here.’
“She’s such a style icon as well as this amazing artist,” she continues. “I literally talked to my husband about her house for hours. I was like, ‘I felt like I was a good interior decorator, and then I walked into Gwen’s house.”
Clarkson can’t help but throw in one little quip at Shelton’s expense: “And then I’m like, why is she with him?!”
But Shelton admits, he’s been “wondering the same thing.”
“It was a shock to me that I got invited to her house,” he jokes, adding that Clarkson “has the biggest house I’ve ever been in in my life.”
“Kelly’s house proves that there were more winnings from American Idol than there are from The Voice,” he cracks.
Clarkson won Idol in its inaugural 2002 season and has since gone on to be one of the franchise’s strongest success stories. Now, with the series returning to the small screen, Clarkson admits that she does have one beef with the show that made her a star.
“I never got my new car. Everybody got a car but the OG, y’all!” she said. “You know who got a car? Clay Aiken got a car — he didn’t even win! Clay and his mom, his mom got a car! Carrie [Underwood], I heard, got offered a plane. I was like, ‘Are you insane?!'”
These days, Clarkson is slaying the reality TV game as the newest fan-favorite judge on The Voice. The series airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.
For more of this season’s hilarious coaching dynamic, watch below.
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