TV host Jimmy Fallon is known for making the most out of his musician guests, and he didn’t disappoint in one of his latest shows when he had a handful of stars joining 36-year-old Kelly Clarkson to sing her iconic hit.
Almost 15 years have passed since Kelly Clarkson cemented her place in American music history with her most recognizable song out of her second album, and Fallon brought the contemporary pop classic back with a little help from his friends.
On January 7, the “American Idol” alum appeared at the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where she took part in a segment titled “Turn It Up” to perform her famous ballad with hilarious interventions from a group of random celebrities.
NBA star Shaquille O’Neal struggled to deliver the notes as he sang some lines of the song, with Fallon, actress Rachel Brosnahan, comedian John Oliver, actor Anthony Anderson, also showcasing their singing “talent.”
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Members from bands Mumford & Sons and The Roots also took part in the collaborative effort, although none of them seemed to be taking it too seriously.
Only Clarkson and fellow pop singer Meghan Trainor put their trained voices to use to do some justice to the song.
“Since U Been Gone” is still one the biggest hits Clarkson has released in her career, helping the singer’s sophomore album “Breakaway” sell 12 million copies.
The song reached platinum and was part of the charts for several weeks.
After a brief recording hiatus and her involvement as coach and jury for the singing competition show “The Voice,” Clarkson returned to the studio in 2017 to work on her most recent album titled “The Meaning of Life.”
Clarkson will be touring the US starting January 24 to support the album in a three-month tour.
The singer has been managed by Brandon Blackstock, to whom she has been married since 2013, and with whom she shares 4-year-old River Rose and 2-year-old Remington Alexander.
Clarkson is also step-mother to Blackstock’s two older children from his previous marriage to Melissa Ashworth, 16-year-old Savanna, and 11-year-old Seth.
Blackstock is also manager to Clarkson’s fellow “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton. In the December 2018 season finale of the popular talent show, Clarkson took the stage alongside singer Jennifer Hudson, whose career also took off from her participation in “American Idol.”
Together, the two stole the show with a holiday-related song: “O, Holy Night.” The audience captivated by their rendition as they lived themselves into the song, and rose as one at the end of their performance to give them a standing ovation.