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Kelly Clarkson Singing 'Ironic' by Alanis Morissette Is as Gorgeous as You'd Expect

It's the throwback cover you've been waiting for. 

By Tayi Sanusi

Kellyoke segments on The Kelly Clarkson Show have officially become one of our favorite things ever—and the most recent one will undoubtedly give you goosebumps. This time, Clarkson took on Alanis Morissette's hit "Ironic," and she didn't disappoint. 

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The melancholic ballad was a single on Morissette's third studio album Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995. The genre-bending pop-rock album went on to win a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1996, plus four other Grammys. (It was nominated for nine.) 

"It was a massive permission giving for someone to let their fallibility, vulnerability, and humanity be what it is," Morissette told Forbes about Jagged Little Pill. "So, how amazing is that? When I listen to it I think, 'Wow, it's such an empathic, validating record because no matter what flavor of emotionality I was cycling through in any given song or verse or chorus it was a musical validation of those feelings.' And we live in a culture still, but especially 25 years ago, that said female bodies weren't allowed to be angry for sure. But also they weren't allowed to do other things. Like in my family culture I wasn't allowed to be sad, I wasn't allowed to say a lot of things...And in so doing when people were listening they thought, 'Oh, we have full permission to feel too. This is great, everybody wins.'" 

It's no surprise that Clarkson's rendition of the already-legendary track made us giddy with nostalgia. To date, Clarkson has performed over 500 Kellyoke covers, spanning a delightfully eclectic mix of classics like Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" to The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears." Clarkson released a six-track EP of her Kellyokes in summer 2022. 

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