Kelly Clarkson Wows Fans With Her Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’

Kelly Clarkson just released a cover of Taylor Swift’s song “Delicate.” Are we okay? No, but in another sense, yes. Everything is right in the world whenever Clarkson covers a song. Clarkson is a master of all genres whether it’s pop, country, or rock.

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Kelly Clarkson performed the cover of ‘Delicate’ on her talk show

As part of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Clarkson opens up the show with Kellyoke. During each opening segment, Clarkson performs a cover of a song. On Nov. 4, Clarkson released the clip of the Kellyoke segment belonging to the next day’s show. In the segment, Clarkson performed a cover of Swift’s song, “Delicate.”

The cover had the members of the audience of The Kelly Clarkson Show on their feet and clapping. At the beginning of “Delicate,” Clarkson kept the song’s trademark soft vocals as she walked by the audience. Towards the end of the song, Clarkson belted and everyone collectively melted in their seats.

‘Delicate’ is from Taylor Swift’s sixth album

Swift released her sixth studio album, Reputation, in 2017. “Delicate” was the album’s sixth single. Swift also released a music video for “Delicate.”

In the music video, Swift walks the red carpet looking downcast. After being handed a piece of paper, Swift realizes she is invisible and can break away from the restraints of the event she is attending. She joyously dances away from the event to a dive bar, and her power of invisibility disappears. The camera focuses on her face and she smiles as someone off screen recognizes her.

At the time of its release, “Delicate” received critical acclaim. Critics praised the song for its vulnerability, honesty, and the production. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone named “Delicate” as the No.1 song of 2017.

Fans loved Kelly Clarkson’s cover of ‘Delicate’

Because the Kellyoke clip released a day early, fans got a chance to see the cover before Clarkson premiered it on her show. Like “Delicate” itself, Clarkson’s cover received acclaim.

“Kelly Clarkson’s pursuit to prove that every song can be improved by simply letting her sing it leaves me shaken every weekday,” Justin Kirkland of Esquire tweeted.

One fan tweeted, “Just gonna throw this out there: instead of Taylor rerecording all her masters, what if Kelly did them…hmm? ..yes?”

“Not only is Kelly Clarkson singing Taylor Swift… …but KELLY CLARKSON IS SINGING ONE OF TAYLOR SWIFT’S BEST SONGS. THIS IS MY WHOLE HEART,” Alex Goldschmidt wrote on Twitter.

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Kelly Clarkson is a coach on ‘The Voice’

A new season of The Voice is well underway. Clarkson is a coach on the show along with Blake Shelton, John Legend, and Gwen Stefani. For season 17 of the show, Swift appears as a Mega Mentor. In this role, Swift helps mentor all of the remaining contestants with their current coaches.

This is Swift’s second time being a Mega Mentor. She was previously a Mega Mentor on The Voice in 2014. To honor Swift’s appearance on The Voice, Clarkson chose to perform “Delicate” for Kellyoke.