The Grammy nominations have been released for the 2017 awards ceremony and it's filled with big names including Adele, Drake and Beyoncé. The fiscal year which ran Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016 saw all the powerhouses coming out in force. One moment in music that will be remembered for the year was Kelly Clarkson's emotional final performance in February on "American Idol" where she got her start 14 years ago. She performed a piano version of "Piece by Piece" taken from the No. 1 album of the same name, a version she took on tour the year before. That live performance, which was then put on record for a deluxe re-release, has now earned the three-time Grammy winner a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. The announcement of nominations was made Dec. 6 and the full list can be found on the official Grammy website.
Kelly Clarkson was pregnant with her second child Remington at the time and would be unable to fly after that week. She recorded a segment to be included with the series finale and aired live on "Idol" was the "Piece by Piece" performance that brought the house to tears. From the contestants with tears on their cheeks to Keith Urban engulfed in emotion, there wasn't a dry eye from viewers either.
Kelly Clarkson wrote the song when she was pregnant with her first born River Rose, looking back on her relationship with her father and how she and husband Brandon Blackstock will be different for their children. The song effectively is breaking the cycle of abandonment with lyrics like "I will never leave her like you left me/ And she will never have to wonder her worth/ Because unlike you I'm gonna put her first."
"Piece by Piece" was the third and final single of the album with a radio remix released. The now called "Idol Version" was recorded shortly after and placed on a deluxe version of Piece by Piece which also features a tour version of album track "Tightrope."
To date, Kelly Clarkson has earned three Grammy Awards. She first won in 2006 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Since U Been Gone" following up with Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakaway. In 2013, she took home the award for Best Pop Vocal Album again for Stronger, an award only she has won more than once.