Clarkson busted out a soulful, take-me-to-church rendition of “Shake It Off” that just hits the sweet heavens at the 2:21 mark. And it’s pretty cool how she teased the crowd, not telling them what she was going to cover but assuring that it wasn’t going to be Sam Smith.
“Everybody gives Taylor Swift a hard time, but I tell ya she can write a hook,” Clarkson tells the crowd after the performance.
Even Swift was impressed, tweeting: “Watching Kelly Clarkson SLAY ‘Shake It Off’ is an excellent way to celebrate 26 HOURS TIL 1989!!!!!!”