Kelly Clarkson Nails Cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’, Shares Sweet Gaga Story

Since winning the first season of American Idol, Kelly Clarkson has continued to show her amazing talent over the years. Case in point, everyone’s talking about her latest cover of Lady Gaga’s “Shallow,” with some people even saying it’s better than the original!

Kelly Clarkson on The Voice.
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Clarkson has been known to sing covers before

This cover of “Shallow” isn’t the first time Clarkson has given another artist’s song a spin on the stage. The Voice judge is well known for covering other amazing singers over the years and she’s proven that she can lend her powerful vocals to anything and sound amazing.

Clarkson recently performed covers of “The Weight” by The Band, “God Is a Woman” by Ariana Grande, “Boys ‘Round Here” by Blake Shelton, and “Jealous” by Labrinth.

You may have also heard her covers of  “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman and “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Broadway’s Hamilton, too.

Clarkson shared a sweet Lady Gaga story

Before breaking into “Shallow,” sung by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, Clarkson talked with the fans during her “A Minute and a Glass of Wine” segment on her Meaning of Life Tour stop on Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Clarkson noted how Gaga is a class act, sharing a time that the singer wrote her a note after they performed together at an event. She told the crowd: “She wrote me a handwritten letter, like note, saying, ‘thank you so much, it was an honor to open for you.’ She was the nicest human being ever. Her name is Lady Gaga. Any fans? It’s cool just to know that someone that talented is also really nice.”

She continued: “I’ve been rooting for her for a while… It’s from that movie that she’s nominated for a billion awards for, and I hope she wins.”

Clarkson is a clearly a Gaga superfan

The original American Idol winner is just like the rest of the world — she’s a huge fan of Lady Gaga. She told the crowd: “I love artists. I know there’s a lot of competition always with artists in the industry, but there’s a lot of us that just dig each other and we really get inspired by each other and what they’re doing.”

She continued: “And this chick is amazing. We’re really different, but at the same time, we’re really similar in the fact that she just loves music, and that’s why she’s doing what she’s doing.”

She handled the duet as a solo

In the absence of a singing partner, Clarkson took on the song single-handedly, telling her fans: “This song, I love it… I thought she and Bradley Cooper did such an awesome job with this song, it’s called ‘Shallow.’ So we’re gonna do our version of it, because obviously I don’t have a Bradley Cooper here, so I’m just holding it down.”

She added, “I hope I don’t suck, and if I do, I hope she doesn’t see it!”

Clarkson nailed it

Clarkson certainly didn’t suck, though after the beautiful performance, she did admit she messed up a verse, sharing, “my favorite part is keeping it so hardcore, so I just sang that too early.”

She added: “But it’s my favorite part. I love a really well written song.”

“Shallow” is up for best original song at the Oscars.