Kelly Clarkson Holds Back Tears As Garth Brooks Serenades Her With ‘The Dance’

Garth Brooks visited The Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday and shared several emotional moments with host Kelly Clarkson. One of…


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December 15, 2020


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Garth Brooks visited The Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday and shared several emotional moments with host Kelly Clarkson.

One of the most memorable moments of the show came when Brooks serenaded Clarkson with his 1990 chart-topper, “The Dance.”

Clarkson tried not to cry as Brooks delivered an acoustic performance of his signature hit from just a few feet away.

“I can’t believe my life,” Clarkson exclaimed after Brooks delivered the opening lines of the song. “All my friends from childhood hate me right now!”

Clarkson harmonized with Brooks throughout his performance and it can be viewed in the clip below at the 6:45 mark.

The memorable moment came after Clarkson revealed that “The Dance” has been instrumental in helping her get through the pain of her divorce.

“I couldn’t quite nail down like the feeling. ‘I was like, well, you don’t want to crap on it. You don’t want to say that didn’t count or matter, but you don’t know what to put in it ’cause it didn’t work out how you wanted,” she explained of her marriage.

Clarkson went on to share that the moment “The Dance” came on her playlist, she realized “that’s the thing” that she was feeling.

“I literally, it’s not like your song, like a rip-off, but I literally wrote this whole thing therapeutically for me, and it’s actually on my next album,” Clarkson told Brooks. “It’s the whole kind of come around…the little tag part is, ‘even though my heart is broken it was worth the dance anyway.’”

The three-time Grammy winner admits she was taken back by the effect “The Dance” had on her after listening to it for all these years.

“That’s so crazy, you don’t know that’s going to happen and you’ve known this song your entire life and you freak out when it actually is a direct impact.”

“That’s a great song right there,” Brooks told Clarkson. “That’s the character of a great song.”

Brooks and Clarkson also covered a few iconic songs together. Click below for more.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.