AXS.com aren't the only ones surprised with Kelly Clarkson's latest Grammy Awards nomination. During the singer's promo stop on SiriusXM Morning Mash Up this today (Dec. 6), the radio hosts revealed on air (and on camera) Clarkson's revamped version of "Piece by Piece," which she re-recorded following her emotional "American Idol" moment, was up for Best Pop Solo Performance. "What am I nominated for?" Clarkson questioned, looking rather bewildered. "Oh wait...'Piece by Piece'? The live thing...?!? WHAT?!?"
"Did you know that?" she then pointed to her team member off screen, adding, "Apparently, you just have to cry on national television..."
Earlier this year, Clarkson stopped by the set of "American Idol" to say farewell to the cultural institution, performing the title cut to the latest studio album. The song was written about her father's abandonment when Clarkson was just a kid. When the performance garnered rave reviews, with the original recording seeing tremendous digital sales increases, Clarkson returned to the studio to recreate that special moment. "I don't even think I understood the gravity of [my relationship with my father] until I was pregnant with [River Rose]," she told Ryan Seacrest in an interview about the song. "I was like, 'I cannot imagine not seeing this kid to his or her full potential and just seeing what she's going to do, what she's going to be like.’ … I don't think I knew how much that affected me until writing [‘Piece By Piece’]. I definitely didn't know how it would affect me like it does when I sing it live because that's not fun. It's awesome, but it's kind of sad that so many relate to this song."
She continued, "Watching my husband love on his daughter all the time, you know, go to her events and just be there and be present is hard to watch but beautiful to watch. I know that my kids are going to have that. Y'all are totally going to make me cry on this interview. I'm so glad you can't see me."
Best Pop Solo Performance category is rounded out by Adele's "Hello," Beyonce's "Hold Up," Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" and Ariana Grande's "Dangerous Woman." Check out the complete list of Grammy nominations right here.
The 59th annual Grammy Awards are set for Feb. 12 and will be hosted by James Corden.
Clarkson is currently making the rounds promoting her version of "It's Quiet Uptown," off the brand new Hamilton Mix Tape (out now)--she performed the song on "The Today Show" earlier this week. The collection features major pop stars covering songs from the hit Broadway musical. The lineup includes Usher, Nas, Sia, Queen Latifah, Miguel and Alicia Keys, among others.
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