WATCH: Kelly Clarkson Tributes Blake Shelton With ‘Honey Bee’ Cover
Kelly Clarkson honored her fellow coach on The Voice, Blake Shelton, with a cover of one of his biggest hits…
Kelly Clarkson honored her fellow coach on The Voice, Blake Shelton, with a cover of one of his biggest hits on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
On Wednesday (Jan. 4), the Emmy-award-winning daytime talk show host paid homage to Shelton with the performance of his chart-topping hit, “Honey Bee,” alongside her band, Y’all.
“You’ll be my soft and sweet / I’ll be your strong and steady / You’ll be my glass of wine / I’ll be your shot of whiskey / You’ll be my sunny day / I’ll be your shade tree / You’ll be my honeysuckle / I’ll be your honey bee,” Clarkson sings.
Watch Her “Honey Bee” Performance
“Honey Bee” was released as a single from Shelton’s Red River Blue album in April 2011. The chart-topping hit was co-written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip and produced by Shelton’s longtime collaborator, Scott Hendrinks.
The tune was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for the 54h Annual GRAMMY Awards, however, Taylor Swift’s “Mean” took home the title.
Clarkson has shared a variety of covers during the “Kellyoke” segment of The Kelly Clarkson Show, including renditions of Blake Shelton‘s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy,” Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Wynonna’s “No One Else On Earth” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.
Other “Kellyoke” segments have also featured covers of Cody Johnson, Johnny Cash, Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini (just to name a few).
The Kelly Clarkson Show, which was recently renewed for an additional two seasons extending the show to 2025, returned in September with appearances by Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton.
“Kelly Clarkson is one of the brightest stars of our time,” NBCUniversal Executive Vice President of Syndicated Studios, Tracie Wilson, said. “With more than 500 hours viewed on broadcast, cable and digital platforms since its launch, ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ has been a home for stories that entertain, inspire important conversations and connect with loyal viewers across multiple generations in meaningful ways. Together, with our best-in-class producing team, we’ll continue to build on the show’s success and legacy.”
After a brief leave from NBC’s The Voice, Kelly Clarkson will return to her big red chair on season 23 of the popular singing competition show alongside Blake Shelton and first-time coaches Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper.
Clarkson’s return will mark her first season since winning with Girl Named Tom on season 21.
Meanwhile, Shelton recently announced that Season 23 will be his last time serving as a coach on the show.
“I’ve been wrestling with this for a while and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after next season,” Shelton revealed in October of 2022.
The 46-year-old hitmaker went on to detail the impact that the show has had on his life and career as well as thank everyone who makes the show possible.
“This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me,” Shelton continued. “It’s been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns and I want to thank everyone at The Voice from NBC, every producer, the writers, musicians, crew and catering people, you are the best. It takes a lot of work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week.”
Shelton also shared gratitude for all of those who have come into his life thanks to the show and all the contestants who chose him as their coach.
“I’ve made lifelong bonds with Carson [Daly] and every single one of my fellow coaches over the years, including my wife Gwen Stefani! I have to give a huge shoutout to the singers – the “Voices,’ who come on this stage season after season and amaze us with their talent and a special thanks to those who chose me to be their coach.”
He concluded his statement by saying, “Lastly, it’s about y’all, the fans, who watch and support these artists, us coaches and everyone at The Voice who are chasing their dreams.”
Additionally, Shelton will soon embark on his Back To The Honky Tonk Tour, which kicks off on February 16 in Lincoln, NE at Pinnacle Bank Arena and continue through March 25, where the tour will wrap up at Keybank Center in Buffalo, NY.
“There’s nothing like getting out on the road and taking music to the fans,” Shelton said. “I feel just as excited to step on stage and perform as I did the very first time. I know my tour mates Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean feel the same, and I can’t wait for y’all to get to know them better. Break out the hats and boots, ‘cause we’re going back to the honky tonk!”
In between hosting The Kelly Clarkson Show and appearing on the upcoming season of The Voice, Clarkson is gearing up to release a brand-new album, which is slated to arrive sometime this year.
“This is an important album. I’m working on this in therapy: I have a hard time vocalizing what I’m feeling sometimes, so music is helpful for me. It’s just been really healing,” Clarkson recently told Variety. “When my ex and I first separated, there were many emotions. It was hard. I hadn’t really been working hardcore on an album until I needed to. I was just very busy. There were so many jobs, and I’m a single mom — well, even with being married, it’s a lot, trying to fit kids’ schedules in and all that stuff. But then the whole divorce thing happened, and I needed to write it.”
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.