Kelly Clarkson’s cover of ‘Shake It Off’ is the only one you need
Abby Hoicowitz

By now, you’ve probably heard Taylor Swift’s catchy hit single “Shake It Off.” You may have heard of covers of the song by the likes of Megan Nicole and Tyler Ward, and perhaps even the parodies by Miranda Sings and other artists. But the song got a soulful rendition by Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson in what may just be the definitive cover.

In a video created and posted by a fan on YouTube, Clarkson can be seen performing the song during her concert in Buffalo, NewYork. Clarkson gives the song a gospel-like styling, and special lighting is seen in the background. The audience cheers throughout the song, too. The video, which clocks in at just under six minutes, was posted on YouTube on Oct. 25 and has received more than one million views as of press time.

Clarkson has performed a number of covers of popular songs during her concerts, including “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake, Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and “Someone Like You” by Adele. The singer has a number of hit songs to her name, too, including “Since U Been Gone,” “Because Of You,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Mr. Know It All” and “A Moment Like This.”

What did Swift think of the cover? In a tweet on Sunday night, Swift wrote “Watching Kelly Clarkson SLAY "Shake It Off" is an excellent way to celebrate 26 HOURS TIL 1989!!!!!! #TS1989.” Swift also retweeted the video of the cover.

“Shake It Off” is a single from Swift’s latest album, 1989, which was released Oct. 27. The single was released in August and has been at the top of the charts worldwide. “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York” were also released as singles from the album. Critical reception of the album 1989 has been mostly positive, with Kitty Empire of The Guardian writing “Swift’s fifth record is a bold, gossipy confection that plays to her strengths.”

Clarkson’s next album is scheduled for release sometime in 2015. The singer’s “Miracle on Broadway: A Benefit Concert” is scheduled for Dec. 20 at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway in Nashville, Tenn.) and features performances by a number of music legends, including Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to four charities in the Nashville area.

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