Remember When Reba McEntire Was Brought To Tears By Kelly Clarkson’s “Fancy” Cover At Kennedy Center Honors In 2018?

Reba McEntire was brought to tears by Kelly Clarkson’s cover of “Fancy” at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on June 5, 2021

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Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of YouTube

Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to Reba McEntire at the 41st Kennedy Center Honors with a cover of her famous hit “Fancy.”

Back in 2018, Clarkson honored McEntire with an impressive rendition of the popular hit song, while artists such as Little Big Town, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Lambert and more. Before Clarkson belted out the lyric to the iconic track, she shared a special message, praising McEntire’s voice, storytelling, talents and for being a friend/family member and an amazing grandma to her children.

“I’ve been a fan of Reba [McEntire] since I was a little girl. Her voice has always felt nostalgic for me even as an adult,” Clarkson gushed of hero, McEntire. “There’s something about her tone and her storytelling that just feels like home. Sometimes when we meet our heroes, it doesn’t always pan out how you hope, but meeting Reba, being friends with her and eventually becoming family have been one of the highlights of my life truly. So, thank you so much Reba for listening to me vent as an artist, thank you so much for comforting me on the phone through my tears like a friend. And thank you for being a really rad grandma for kids.”

“I love you so much, I hope you enjoy this song. Don’t judge me,” Clarkson joked before going into her soaring rendition of McEntire’s hit “Fancy.”

Clarkson’s performance earned a massive standing ovation and a thumbs up from McEntire herself, who was also seen standing during the lengthy ovation.

Watch Clarkson’s full performance of “Fancy” below.

McEntire was among a star-studded list of 2018 honorees at the 41st Kennedy Center Honors, including pop icon CHER, Philip Glass, Wayne Shorter and the creators of Hamilton: An American Musical (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Alex Lacamoire and Andy Blankenbuehler).

Additionally, Clarkson returned to the Kennedy Center stage this year for a tribute to another country icon, Garth Brooks. The singer performed “The Dance,” a song that she admits she truly relates to, especially throughout the last year while going through divorce.

Tune in on Sunday, June 6 at 8/7c on CBS to watch Clarkson pay tribute to Brooks.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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