Kelly Clarkson just gave the sweetest tribute to her “hero” Reba McEntire.
Reba was one of several honorees in the spotlight at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Cher, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and other artists. Kelly took the stage to make a speech for Reba. The Voice coach was the perfect person for the job — not only has she admired Reba for a long time, but she became Reba’s daughter-in-law a few years ago.
For Kelly, just making the speech at all was a major show of love.
“Reba knows I’m not excited about this — I hate giving speeches, but I love her so much that I’m gonna do it,” Kelly said.
Kelly married Reba’s former stepson, Brandon Blackstock, in 2013. Kelly and Brandon have two children together — River Rose, 4, and Remington, 2 — plus Brandon’s two children from his previous marriage. Reba is now divorced from Brandon’s dad, but she remains close to the whole family.
“Thank you for being a really rad grandma for my kids,” Kelly continued through tears.
“I love you so much. I hope you enjoy this song. Don’t judge me.”
She went on to sing Reba’s song “Fancy” — to Reba’s loud applause.