Three years after Reba McEntire and her now-ex-husband Narvel Blackstock revealed that they were divorcing, the country music legend became one of the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
And as a tribute to McEntire’s long and incredibly successful career in country music, her daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson, sang one of her songs.
Clarkson is married to Narvel’s son from a previous relationship, Brandon Blackstock. However, despite the fact that McEntire and Narvel are now divorced, Clarkson still sees McEntire as her family.
Clarkson said as she took the stage:
“I’ve been a fan of Reba since I was a little girl. Her voice has always felt nostalgic for me. Even as an adult, there’s something about her tone and her storytelling that just feels like home. Sometimes, when we meet our heroes, it doesn’t always pan out how you hope. But meeting Reba, being friends with her and eventually becoming family has been one of the highlights of my life, truly.”
She then started to get choked up:
“So thank you so much, Reba, for listening to me vent as an artist. Thank you so much for comforting me on the phone through my tears like a friend. And thank you for being a really rad grandma for my kids.
I love you so much. I hope you enjoy this song. Don’t judge me.”
Clarkson finished up her time on stage by singing Reba’s 1990 hit from her album “Rumor Has It,” “Fancy.”
Watch Clarkson’s full performance that earned her a standing ovation below:
At the end of the song, Clarkson thanked the crowd then said, “I hope I did it justice.”
Judging by the fact that McEntire was one of the first people on her feet at the end, it’s safe to say that she did do the song justice.