Kelly Clarkson To Perform At 2018 ACM Awards

Kelly Clarkson will straddle genres when she performs at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 15.

Earlier this week, American Idol’s original champion was announced alongside Kane Brown as new performers for the ceremony. No word on what Clarkson will perform at the show, but she has showed off her country roots several times throughout her almost two-decade-long career. She also has a sporadic history with the ceremony as she performed “What Hurts the Most” with Rascal Flatts at the awards in 2000, joined Reba McEntire for a collab of “Because of You” the following year and even won titles for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year, courtesy of her “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” her duet with Jason Aldean. 

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Clarkson joins a list of already announced performers, including Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Jon Pardi at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. McEntire will serve as the host for this year’s ceremony, with presenters including Eve, Ashton Kutcher and Canada's Kiefer Sutherland.

Just last year, Clarkson opened up to iHeartRadio about her scrapped country songs that leaked onto the blogosphere, admitting she thinks they made their way online because someone was trying to sabotage her.

"I cut actually three country songs because we were going to work on a country thing, but I was in a situation with the label that wasn't on board with it, so it was very hard," she said.

Original article by James Dinh at iHeartRadio