Kelly Clarkson is chiming in on the controversy surrounding The Recording Academy’s choice to not let Lorde perform at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the “American Idol” alum called out the Academy’s decision. “I did think it was weird. Lorde didn’t get a performance slot, but I don’t know the backstory of that,” Clarkson said. “I hope there was a real, valid reason.”
The Academy faced the criticism after their decision to not let Lorde perform was made public, despite being nominated for Album of the Year.
CEO, Neil Portnow, faced more backlash when he said women need to “step up” after being asked about the lack of female winners backstage.
“He was confused. Poor soul. Yup,” Clarkson said of Portnow’s comments.
But at music’s biggest night, Clarkson thinks performing is a bigger honour than winning. “Winning those awards is always awesome ’cause your art is validated, so that’s cool,” she said. “But I always like the performance slots. … I’d rather have a performance slot than win any award.”
“Let’s talk about Pink at the Grammys, she didn’t win the award that we were both up for, but she slayed that stage. She was the best vocal hands down of the night. She’s incredible,” Clarkson added. “That’s more memorable for me. And maybe it’s because I’m a singer.”