The morning of Kelly Clarkson’s 2006 Grammys began with the shocking news that she had cancer. Though it was later identified as a misdiagnosis, Clarkson recently shared the experience while speaking with Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast.
“Well, not many people know this — not to be a Debbie Downer — but I was told that morning that I had cancerous results for something,” she said. “Here’s the horrible part: I went the whole day crying. They redid my makeup, like, four times because I was like, ‘Wow, so young.’ I was just completely freaking out.”
That evening, Clarkson walked away with the Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal album, which she gladly took as a sign from above. “Then when I won, I thought, Oh, my God. This is like God giving me one more thing before something horrible happens.”
As she took the stage to accept her awards, Clarkson was visibly overwhelmed by a variety of emotions. “Um … oh, God! You know I’m terrible at speaking when I cry, so sorry!” she told the crowd back in 1996. “Thank you so much. Ah! Okay. Thank you to everybody that has supported me this year, including my record label and my management. … Thank you to my mom. Thank you so much, Mom. I’m sorry I’m crying again on national television!”
The following day brought even more good news to Clarkson’s ears when her doctors called her to explain a mix-up that occurred. As it turned out, Clarkson was perfectly healthy. “I was like, ‘You completely ruined my entire [experience],’” she recalled. “The first time for an artist … as a kid watching the Grammys, that was a big dream! It was kind of the worst/greatest day. And the next day was also the worst/greatest day because I wanted to punch someone. I was like, ‘Who mixes up results?'”
She continued, saying that the day “was very much a roller coaster ride, that day, for me. So, it’s kind of unfortunate, but a lot of the moments got stolen from that mishap. But hey, I didn’t have cancer!”
This Sunday, the 34-year-old is up against Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Adele and Ariana Grande for Best Pop Solo Performance.