Between juggling a new album, motherhood, and silencing body shamers, it is safe to say Kelly had her hands full. But the superstar somehow managed to squeeze in a massive fundraising event during this period. Did she have a time machine? Did she have a clone to delegate some responsibilities to? We will never know but we can keep speculating just for the heck of it.
She organized a “Miracle on Broadway” holiday concert in Nashville, Tennessee, that raised over $400,000 for numerous local charities. Proceeds also went to Kelly’s charity, Fruition Fund, which she established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
A Holiday Special
Coming up with special projects for the holiday season is a well-known practice in the entertainment industry — especially for musicians. Christmas albums are pretty common in that respect, but let's not forget about holiday specials. Everyone knows celebrities who host their own holiday specials have truly made it.
Not everyone gets the honor until they achieve a certain level of success. "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale" was released on December 11, 2013, on NBC. The hour-long holiday special was a smashing success, featuring performances from a star-studded cast including Robin Williams, Ken Jeong, Natalie Cole, and Kelly's long-time friend and music inspiration, Reba McEntire.
Navigating Motherhood and Body Shaming
Alongside Brandon's two kids from his previous relationship, Kelly and Brandon became proud parents to their daughter, River, in June 2014, and a son, Remington, in April 2016. Kelly continued working on her seventh album, "Piece by Piece," which was released in February 2015, while navigating the joys and demands of motherhood.
When she began touring for the album, Kelly received overwhelming unjustifiable hate. Trolls came at her, attacking her not for her music but for having the audacity to gain weight and keep it after pregnancy! Not one to stand down, Kelly destroyed body shamers and passionately advocated for body positivity.
An Undisputed Star
Kelly’s seventh album was a tremendous success, effectively silencing all the blind hate online. With massive hits such as “Heartbreak Song,” the album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Kelly also earned two Grammy nominations for “Piece by Piece.” The album was a significant win for her in more ways than one.
She had proved her detractors wrong and ended her association with RCA records. It was the label that she was signed with right after she won "American Idol" but it was time to try her luck elsewhere. Although the relationship with the record label had lasted for years, it was more tumultuous than beneficial.
She Defends Others From Fat Shamers
Knowing what it's like to be at the receiving end of remarks on her body, Kelly took it upon herself to support anyone unfairly chastised for their weight. She became an active voice in that field. When actress Valerie Bertinelli was at the receiving end of body shaming online, Kelly jumped to her friend's defense.
"True power is recognizing others' negativity and punching it square in the face w/all the positive, remarkable, intelligent, and beautiful light that seeps from our pores," she tweeted. "It's a shame people speak ill of others because while some of us are dancing, others are afraid."