Kelly Clarkson returned to the American Idol stage during the show’s final season on Fox in 2016 with an emotional performance that left everyone in tears.
The 2002 Idol champ took the stage to perform her heart-wrenching single, “Piece By Piece.” The autobiographical tune was written by Clarkson after the birth of her first child, River Rose, and draws comparisons between Clarkson’s father who left her as a child, and her then-husband, Brandon Blackstock.
“I had [my daughter] River, and even from holding her the first day, I was like, how could anyone walk away from that? Then I started thinking that my husband [Brandon Blackstock] is such a great father,” Clarkson told Glamour about the inspiration behind her song. “He changes diapers, he stays up, and if I’ve had a late night, he’ll wake up with her in the morning. We’re definite partners, and I felt so lucky.”
Clarkson added that a conversation with her sister led to a realization that she was fortunate to find a husband that was unlike the father she was estranged from. “….Sometimes girls with daddy issues don’t find men like that! You find men who are all you knew, and I just feel so lucky,” the “Since U Been Gone” singer said. “I don’t know what my father went through as a child, and I don’t know why he left and made the decisions he made, but everyone’s human. I don’t understand it for me, but I understand the depth of what that is—having a child—now, and he’s made me want to be that much more present in my family.”
The singer, who was pregnant with her son, broke down while singing “Piece By Piece” for the Idol crowd. But, it was Keith Urban‘s response to the song that had everyone talking. The American Idol judge and country star was deeply moved by the song as he wept during the performance.
Urban lost his father in December of 2016 following a battle with cancer. While Clarkson’s song may have been a reminder of his father, the reason for Urban’s tears could also be because the song is simply powerful.
Urban took to Twitter to praise Clarkson following her stunning performance.
Clarkson’s performance also resonated with people at home as the Facebook video of the song garnered more than 20 million views overnight and the song shot to #2 on the charts.
While Kelly and Brandon were divorced in 2020, Kelly has found a new meaning in the song – herself.
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