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Kelly Clarkson Sounds So Raw and Emotional Covering "Why" by Annie Lennox

She completely immersed herself in the music. 

By Jackie Manno

In 2005, Kelly Clarkson gave a breathtaking, intimate rendition of one of her favorite songs of all time: "Why" by Annie Lennox. The acoustic performance started off with Clarkson crooning in a vulnerable, breathy tone before she used some heavenly vocal flips. When the chorus hit, she harmonized perfectly with her backup singers while riffing gently. She then wrapped everything up with some gritty vocals filled with raw emotion.

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About "Why" by Annie Lennox

Lennox's debut solo single, "Why" reached the Number 34 position in the Billboard charts in 1992. In 2015, Stereogum listed it as the best Annie Lennox song, describing the heartbreaking ballad as an "enduring classic."

Kelly Clarkson walking the red carpet.