When Kelly Clarkson Met Miguel…

"Miguel," Kelly Clarkson said from the stage after winning the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, "I don’t know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together. I mean, good God. That was the sexiest damn thing I’ve ever seen." Clarkson was referring to, of course, Miguel’s performance earlier that night of his song "Adorn" from Kaleidoscope Dream. Let’s hope that when the pair met last night backstage, as seen in the picture Clarkson posted on Instagram last night, they negotiated some terms for an upcoming collaboration. 

[Image via Kelly Clarkson]

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Country Music Site Announces Kelly Clarkson’s Engagement Referencing “Man-Bashing Songs”

Prepare for all kinds of "Miss Independent No More!" headlines … and worse … because Kelly Clarkson is engaged. 

Clarkson is engaged to Brandon Blackstock, a talent manager in Nashville. He is the son of her own manager, Narvel Blackstock, who is married to Reba McEntire.  American Idol’s season one winner, tweeted on Saturday, "I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :)"

Of course, celeb journalism wouldn’t be celeb journalism if there wasn’t some annoying sexist twist put on such a straightforward event: for instance, People magazine lead with the line "Kelly Clarkson’s wait for the ring is over." Huffington Post lead with, "Her dreams came true," which, ironically, could also have been a lede for an article about her Idol win. However, both of those versions are better than a post about Clarkson’s on CMT.com, which describes her as the "singer of all kinds of man-bashing songs." 

The blogger continues:

But since some of Clarkson’s biggest singles — "Since U Been Gone," "Mr. Know It All" and "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)" — are about some of men’s shortcomings, it makes you wonder if she’ll be exploring different musical territory after she ties the knot.

Marriage: it’s a great cure for that whole man hating thing.

Is it really that hard to believe that not all female pop stars are intersted in riding the merry-go-round of John Mayer’s dick? As far as the dating lives of female pop stars go, Kelly Clarkson has generated one-onehundreth of the gossip as Taylor Swift. One of her first hit songs was even Miss Independent, a pop-y feminist anthem. Perhaps they’re all just shocked — shocked! — that someone might want to marry such a harpy.

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Morning Links: Katy Perry Wins Big At People’s Choice, Baby Blue Ivy Makes Billboard History

No-show Katy Perry and Harry Potter (and it’s mostly absent stars), won big at last night’s People’s Choice Awards, raking up five and four wins respectively. [AP]

● 50 Cent made something (not so nice) for Babyoncé. [Us]

● Rumor has it that Kelly Clarkson will be singing the National Anthem before this year’s Super Bowl. [AP]

● Blue Ivy Carter is the youngest to ever be credited on Billboard, with "Glory" — officially featuring "B.I.C." — debuting at #74 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. [Billboard]

● Britain’s Daily Mail photo editor says he sees up to 400 pictures of Pipa Middleton a day, even though most days he doesn’t even know what to do with just one. [CBS]

● Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stopped by the White House while in town for a screening of Angelina’s movie about Bosnian war crimes. [Gawker]

● Rise Against, No Doubt and Nicole Scherzinger’s Twitter accounts were all hacked by Ron Paul supporters perhaps eager to win a more diverse audience for their chosen one. Kelly Clarkson’s Twitter endorsement of Paul, on the other hand, was genuine. [Billboard]

Kelly Clarkson Takes On the Twittersphere

This morning, we brought you news of Kelly Clarkson’s nascent Ron Paul support. Fortunately, the story didn’t end there. Paul, as you might have read, has come under recent fire for the not-so-subtly racist and homophobic newsletters that were published under his name. That was an issue during the 2008 election, but this time, copies of the newsletters have actually been scanned and reproduced for the entire Internet to read. They’re not pretty, and Paul’s having a hell of a time trying to backspin out of taking blame for the embarrassing articles. 

So when Clarkson announced her favoritism for Paul above all of the other Republican presidential candidates, her more motivated Twitter followers took to letting her know what was up. When Clarkson said she wasn’t aware of the allegations, some of the responses got a little bit contentious. Entertainment Weekly picked out a few choice excerpts: “That’s because you willfully ignoring his voting record, his statements, interviews, newletters, and policy positions,” was one response. “You are obviously living under a rock. I don’t even live in the united states and hear about his stupidity,” was another.

Yeah, it’s kind of baffling that someone could follow Ron Paul and not hear word of this flagrant trangression. On the other hand, Clarkson responded to the harsh words with… tact? And humility? Amazing, right. Her extended note on Paul still seems a little narrow-minded, but her greater blurb about discourse is kind of nice. "If y’all ever disagree with something I say please don’t feel the need to attack me," she typed. "I will listen to what you say and any articles or viewpoints you have when you say it with respect. Being hateful is not a healthy way to get people to see or hear you." That’s so… that’s so sane. Couldn’t she have just crowed about haters? Who knows if the evidence will change her mind on Paul, but at the very least, she’s aware (and there’s nothing more key than what celebrities think about politics).

Below, you can watch the video for "Mr. Know It All," off Clarkson’s most recent album.

Morning Links: Paris Hilton Caught With Suspicious Powder, Justin Bieber’s Most Influential Hair

● Paris Hilton swears that suspicious white powder in her SUV is foundation meant to go on her nose, not up it. [TMZ]

● Still barely a teenager, Elle Fanning tells Teen Vogue that she should "much rather look like a two-year-old than a 21-year-old." [Us]

● Justin Bieber and Emma Watson’s respective coifs have not surprisingly been deemed most influential of 2011. [E!]

● Part of Taylor Swift’s new year’s resolution is to "make departures in little ways" and to "make collaborations in different directions that aren’t exactly expected." T.I., T-Pain, we see you! [Huff Post]

● Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge are expecting their first child together. [E!]

● For what it’s worth, Ron Paul’s got Kelly Clarkson’s vote, and maybe Michelle Branch’s, too. [Vice]

● American Airlines lost Rachel Zoe’s luggage, the “Tom Ford for Gucci vintage leather jacket and Missoni caftans" included. We die for her! [Page Six]

Here Are Your ‘VH1 Divas’: Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence and the Machine, and More

The lineup for VH1’s Divas was announced today. In addition to Clarkson, Blige, and Florence, Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, and Jill Scott are also slated to perform at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom; the concert will air on VH1 on December 19.

In a press release, the cable network announced that the show will “celebrate soul” and pay tribute to the musical output of Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, Philadelphia, and London.

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul will bring together some of the best singers across the globe, men and women alike, to honor the soulful cities that inspired these divas and their art. The cities honored include: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Accompanied by one of the most exciting groups of modern soul, The Roots, with ?uestlove as musical director, each diva will pay tribute through not only their own soul-inspired songs, but some of the greatest classics that have shaped a genre.

As in previous years, this edition of VH1 Divas will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its programs to restore music education in public schools. For more information, please visit vh1savethemusic.org.

Is Kelly Clarkson One of the Greatest Women Ever?

Who has the best voice in the history of pop music? Whitney Houston? Aretha Franklin? Dolly Parton? According to Esquire‘s recent 75 Greatest Women of All Time feature, it’s none other then American Idol princess and hero to chubby suburban girls everywhere, Kelly Clarkson. She’s right up there with Sappho, Joan of Arc, and Marie Curie as a Greatest Woman of All Time (arranged chronologically so as to avoid the absurd task of ranking them, countdown style) on the sheer merit of her pipes. Good for her.

But as much as I love Kelly for her down-to-earth persona and Horatio Alger-esque rise to fame, I have to take issue with this distinction. She’s really good, of course, but is she the greatest? Like Kim Kardashian’s magical ass, her voice needs no retouching. It’s freakishly perfect, like it’s been smoothed and augmented by a production team already. I find it tough to connect with such a heavenly sound. Look at old photos of Tina Turner performing: she’s locked in a sweaty, life or death commitment to getting her point across. Clarkson’s voice is like a glass of warm milk compared to all that fabulous humanity.

It’s also worth noting that while the earlier women on the list are poets, politicians, and scientists, 12 of the final 20 are entertainers. I’m not sure where I stand on a list that puts Jennifer Aniston on equal footing with Queen Elizabeth I.

Kelly Clarkson vs. Adam Lambert: The Right and Wrong Way to Be Famous

Reportage of anything Adam Lambert-related is a lot like an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: You can actually hear her highness’ voice echoing in your ears, “Start your engines! May the best woman win!” Lambert will do something infuriatingly asinine. Then he’ll wonder why everyone’s so quick to jump down his throat. It’s a study in comparisons of American Idol alumna. Because for every Lambert, you have someone graceful like Kelly Clarkson–who, despite putting out album after album of solid pop gems–continues to stay humble in the face of the most intrusive media speculation. She shirks garish eyeliner and costumes, letting her music sing for itself. But unlike her junior Idol peer, Clarkson doesn’t kick and scream whenever the media tries to rake her over coals. She’ll just find a smart way to say, “Oh, that’s nice, but I’ve already sold like 23 million albums worldwide so eff you very much.”

Lambert’s latest crisis: He took a little time out to tell off an audience member who was blabbing away on the phone. Yes, that’s totally poor form. But prefacing a performance with a bleat like “You’re not watching TV, honey–it’s a live show!” because one jerk hasn’t the courtesy to put away his Hello Kitty Samsung? Not poor form, sure, but still too petty for someone who wants to be the David Bowie of bubblegum pop.

When pressed for comment by JustJared, he offers, “Oh, it’s all out there already. I don’t need to bring it up again. Every media outlet out there already picked it up!” It’s here that you could insert a pithy quip about beggars, choosers, and the Warholian concept of 15 minutes.

Clarkson, on the other hand, not only has the distinction of being the first American Idol winner, but also the most successful performer to emerge from the series. She’s also no stranger to industry politics. It’s brilliant then, that she hasn’t devolved into an easily-boxed-in caricature who relies on stunts and shock-and-awe gimmicks to try to move a few records.

If anything, Clarkson’s proved that in the intervening years, she’s grown up. For example: There was her well-worded defense of Taylor Swift. And yesterday, for reasons that confound the rest of us, outlets decided to pick on her for her weight. This has been an issue for sometime now, with one fan even tweeting her back in January. Her response, culled from this tweet and this one:

@kelly_clarkson i miss when u had washboard abs! like in the walk away music video, u looked amazing! u always showed ur bellybutton live @jess123b Yeah ….I traded those in for a life 🙂

@kelly_clarkson i miss when u had a smokin body! uve never been overly thin, youve always had a booty. but u used to be very fit with a but! @jess123b The amount of times you have tweeted about my body makes me think you might be watching me right now outside my window….here’s a tip, stop being weird dude

Brilliant. No unnecessary shots fired. In fact, there’s something inherently great about Clarkson sternly telling off a fan to “stop being weird.” More inspiring is that Clarkson rarely in bitchy form–whether fielding questions about her record label or more needling queries about her weight. In fact, she’s almost always chipper. And should she defect to classic diva behavior, we’d be willing to give her a free pass. After all, she gave the world a string of hits from “Since U Been Gone” to “Never Again.”

So until he gets a “Since U Been Gone” of his own, it’s probably not the best idea for Lambert to get too mouthy with the press. JustJared may not be Rolling Stone, but man, that cover did him no favors, anyway. He’d be wise to take a cue from Clarkson’s humility. After all she managed to take Ryan Tedder’s embarrassing Beyoncé fiasco and turn it into a Top 20 single.

Kelly Clarkson Defends Taylor Swift’s Lack of Singing Ability

So you have pop stars attempting to salvage Haiti and then you have other more noble pop stars–like Kelly Clarkson–taking it upon themselves to repair the crimes against pop perpetrated by the Grammys. Crimes like that one time Taylor Swift decided to pick up a guitar, yowl out lyrics and make Stevie Nicks cower in the background. It would surprise no one if Nicks thought then, “I definitely should’ve opened up Stevie Nicks’ Fajita Round-Up instead.” Meanwhile, Swift’s handlers sucked at handling her general lack of not-annoyingness at the telecast. This leaves Clarkson–definitely a survivor of record industry bullshit–to step up and do what Swift’s people can’t: Defend their client.

A couple days ago, Scott Borchetta–who serves as the head of Big Machine Records that owns Swift–responded to the immediate backlash against the Grammy winner saying:

This is not American Idol.This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note. This is about a true artist and writer and communicator. It’s not about that technically perfect performance. She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to and they speak directly back to her. It’s that classic thing that critics do of building something up and then wanting to tear it down.

Well, look Borchetta. If Ginger Spice, of all people, can convince the world that she can sing on-key, Swift doesn’t need a label making excuses for a crummy performance, as Kelly Clarkson took it upon herself to point out in an open letter to Borchetta:

I understand defending your artist obviously because I have done the same in the past for artists I like, including Taylor, so you might see why its upsetting to read you attacking American Idol for producing simply vocalists that hit ‘the high notes’. Thank you for that ‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well…I have been criticized left and right for having shaky performances before (and they were shaky) and what my manager or label executives say to me and the public is “I’ll kick butt next time” or “every performance isn’t going to be perfect… [Y]ou should simply take a breath and realize that sometimes things won’t go according to plan or work out and that’s okay.

Probably the best part of this well-executed skewering of Borchetta is Clarkson’s sign-off which reads, “Sincerely, One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes ;)”

So there you go. A little bit of poetry has worked its way into a brand of pop music that frequently functions without any. Curiously, we’d be a bit hard-pressed to find said “shaky performances” from Clarkson as she tends to be this amazing: