Kelly Clarkson Honors Dolly Parton With Epic ‘I Will Always Love You’ Performance

Dolly said that Whitney Houston would be “proud” of Kelly’s take on the track. - Here's the video!

Kelly Clarkson, 39, looked absolutely radiant at the 2022 Academy of Country Music awards on Monday March 7.

The well-known singer took part in a tribute to Dolly Parton, 76, by singing the country icon’s classic ballad “I Will Always Love You.” The American Idol alum delivered a soulful rendition of the song, while rocking a simple black dress and dazzling earrings.

Kelly’s performance was mostly stripped down, with her only accompaniments being an acoustic guitar and piano. She sang the song sweetly and elegantly, hitting every note perfectly in front of a shining red backdrop.

The singer did show off her range when she got to the final chorus and belted out the iconic words with force. As she finished the song, Dolly came onstage and Kelly shouted out the song’s original writer.

Dolly gave her seal of approval and also said that another artist who famously covered the song, the late Whitney Houston would be “proud” of Kelly’s take on the track. “I know Whitney is shining down on us tonight,” Dolly said, before announcing the Entertainer of the Year winner.

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