The CMA Awards announced the first round of performers for the Wednesday, November 9th show on October 25th. Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce, and Kelly Clarkson were the first to appear in the video announcement.
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They performed their song “You’re Drunk, Go Home,” which is from Ballerini’s fourth album Subject To Change.
Their collaboration has an old school country vibe to it, which is what Ballerini used to pitch the song to Clarkson! She announced the collaboration on September 8th.
But, as Clarkson explained on The Kelly Clarkson Show on October 8th, Ballerini asked her to be on the song on her very last day of work. She explained that she had already started celebrating that it was her last day of work, if you know what we mean.
“I get to the studio here with [music director] Jason [Halbert], and I get in there and I’m like, ‘Look, I didn’t know I was gonna be singing today,’” Clarkson said. “I didn’t know! … So I had to sing a song called ‘You’re Drunk, Go Home’ inebriated, trying to sing first soprano parts like, ‘I’m fine!’”
Ballerini added to the story, saying there’s a few ad-libs in the song and at one point, Clarkson hilariously said “mmbyeee!” and they put it in the song! Now that we know Clarkson was drunk during this, it makes the song even better!
The performance was one of the best of night, seeing as Pearce, Ballerini, and Clarkson are some of the best female vocalists there are!
Watch the trio perform “You’re Drunk, Go Home” below!