Clarkson also revealed that she wrote a song inspired by “The Dance” on her upcoming ninth studio album. The 39-year-old star sang the tag for the unreleased track, “Even though my heart is broken, it was still worth the dance.”
She said Entertainment tonight how “nervous” she felt singing “The Dance” in front of Brooks during the Kennedy Center Honors. “I was texting Trisha Yearwood before the show and then I went on stage and saw them, and all of a sudden I’m the sweatiest human on planet Earth,” admitted Clarkson. But she melted the heart of the 59-year-old country singer with her performance featuring an entire band.
“It’s so pretty. This woman is a true friend for a song. She’s amazing,” said the country star. AND.
Brooks will be honored alongside Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, Dick Van Dyke and Midori at this year’s Kennedy Center, which Gloria Estefan will host for the second time. In addition to Clarkson, Derek Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Pentatonix, Gladys Knight, Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Allen and Yo-Yo Ma will honor the winners.
The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors air Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. It will also be broadcast on Paramount +.
Watch Clarkson’s performance of “The Dance” at the Kennedy Center Honors: