Kelly Clarkson recently performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Her setlist ranged from emotional power ballads to high-energy anthems that spanned her more than two-decade career (and included a notable lyric swap in one of her most iconic hits). The powerhouse singer-songwriter kicked off her set wit 2011’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” when she took the T-Mobile Arena stage at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday night (September 23). It all happened after she shared an unforgettable moment with a Las Vegas street performer earlier that day.
Appropriately, the original American Idol champ, crowned during the smash-hit competition show’s inaugural season in 2002, was introduced to the stage by longtime Idol host Ryan Seacrest, along with *NSYNC’s Lance Bass. Clarkson went on to perform her first-ever single that she released after winning the first season of American Idol: “Miss Independent.”
Since U Been Gone
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Two of the Chemistry songs Clarkson performed on the iHeartRadio Music Festival stage were “mine” and “lighthouse.” She described the latter to the T-Mobile Arena crowd as her latest single that’s, “depressing, so I hate to bring down the party, but sometimes it has to happen,” before beginning a stunning rendition of the emotional ballad. The album also included nods to joyful parts of a relationship (including “favorite kind of high”), and upbeat tracks (like “i hate love,” featuring Steve Martin).
Clarkson released the deluxe edition of Chemistry on Friday (September 22). The extended project, now 22 tracks, includes a song featuring vocals from her 9-year-old daughter, River Rose. Clarkson’s eldest child joins her superstar mother on “you don’t make me cry.”
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