The world first met singing sensation Kelly Clarkson in the form of a plucky 20-year-old contestant on the first-ever season of American Idol. She went on to beat Justin Guarini to become "The Original American Idol," with her debut single, "A Moment Like This," topping the charts and becoming America's best-selling single of 2002. Since then, she's released 6 albums and gone on to win countless international awards, including 3 Grammies. She's currently the second highest-selling American Idol of all time with nearly 13 million albums sold (Carrie Underwood is first with 15 million, Chris Daughtry is third with 7 million).
As American Idol wraps up its final season, Kelly Clarkson returned to the show to sing a heartfelt new song, "Piece by Piece." The 33-year-old wrote the ballad while she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old daughter, River Rose Blackstock. It talks about her experiences with her estranged father, who left after her parents divorced when she was just a girl, while simultaneously being thankful for how great a father her husband, Brandon, is.
While singing a song with incredibly personal lyrics such as, "He restored my faith, that a man can be kind and a father could stay," Kelly started to choke up mid-song. It's clear that the song is a very powerful form of catharsis for her, and it's easy to see why, knowing her circumstances. Her emotions are completely understandable, and the heartfelt performance had pretty much anyone who saw it feeling a lump in their throats too.
H/T: Daily Mail