On Monday (Jan. 23), the Emmy-award winning daytime talk show host delivered a stunning performance of “Better Man (Taylor’s Version),” alongside her band, Y’all, who were all donning football jerseys.
“Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I can feel you again / But I just miss you, and I just wish you were a better man / And I know why we had to say goodbye like the back of my hand / But I just miss you, and I just wish you were a better man / A better man,” Clarkson sang on the tune’s chorus.
The performance marked Clarkson’s first performance of a Swift song since she performed her rendition of “You Need To Calm Down” in 2020.
Watch Kelly Clarkson’s Cover Of “Better Man (Taylor’s Version)” Below.
“Better Man” was first recorded by Swift in 2012 for her fourth studio album, Red, and was later recorded by Little Big Town in 2016. Upon giving the song to Little Big Town, the tune became Swift’s first country song since her pop crossover with her 2014 project, 1989.
Little Big Town’s rendition of the tune went on to win Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards. “Better Man” appears on Little Big Town’s eighth studio album, The Breaker (2017), and Taylor’s Version of the tune is featured on Swift’s 2021 re-recorded album, Red (Taylor’s Version). The new version was produced by Swift and Aaron Dessner.
Clarkson has shared a variety of covers during the “Kellyoke” segment of The Kelly Clarkson Show across all genres. From chart-topping country tunes to rock hits, Clarkson has delivered epic covers of some of the biggest hits, including renditions of Chris Stapleton’s “You Should Probably Leave,” Blink-182’s “All The Small Things,” Lizzo’s “Good As Hell,” Jonas Brother’s “Sucker,” Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy,” Wynonna’s “No One Else On Earth,” Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and many others.
The Kelly Clarkson Show, which was recently renewed for an additional two seasons extending the show to 2025, returned in September with appearances by Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton.
“Kelly Clarkson is one of the brightest stars of our time,” NBCUniversal Executive Vice President of Syndicated Studios, Tracie Wilson, said. “With more than 500 hours viewed on broadcast, cable and digital platforms since its launch, ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ has been a home for stories that entertain, inspire important conversations and connect with loyal viewers across multiple generations in meaningful ways. Together, with our best-in-class producing team, we’ll continue to build on the show’s success and legacy.”
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Clarkson Will Soon Return To NBC’s The Voice As A Coach
After a brief leave from NBC’s The Voice, Kelly Clarkson will return to her big red chair on season 23 of the popular singing competition show. She will join coaches Blake Shelton and first-time coaches Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper.
Clarkson’s return will mark her first season since winning with Girl Named Tom on season 21.
Kelly Clarkson Is Currently Working On Her New Album
“This is an important album. I’m working on this in therapy: I have a hard time vocalizing what I’m feeling sometimes, so music is helpful for me. It’s just been really healing,” Clarkson recently told Variety. “When my ex and I first separated, there were many emotions. It was hard. I hadn’t really been working hardcore on an album until I needed to. I was just very busy. There were so many jobs, and I’m a single mom — well, even with being married, it’s a lot, trying to fit kids’ schedules in and all that stuff. But then the whole divorce thing happened, and I needed to write it.”
The new album is expected to arrive later this year.