'I freaked out!': Kelly Clarkson tells Jimmy Fallon how Aretha Franklin made her cry

On Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show, Kelly Clarkson told host Jimmy Fallon how she ended up singing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration — unknowingly choosing the same song Aretha Franklin performed four years earlier at his first.

“That’s like every time you sing a national anthem everyone always talks about Whitney Houston’s and it’s like, ‘Can you not compare me to her?'” said Clarkson, recalling her belated panic upon discovering the coincidence. “‘Like, that’s not fair.'”

Fortunately Franklin approved of her rendition, calling it “magnificent” and moving Clarkson to tears. Read more…

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