Holy Nostalgia! Kelly Clarkson Repeats “Natural Woman” ‘Idol’ Performance 10 Years Later

Kelly Clarkson Sings Natural Woman

Back in 2002, under-the-radar American Idol contestant Kelly Clarkson suddenly found herself in front-runner status after belting a note only heard by dogs and Mariah Carey during her Top 8 performance of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

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And just over 10 years later, the pop star returned to the hit during the 2013 Grammys, giving Idol fans a nostalgic trip back to the days when chunky highlights and love for Justin Guarini reigned supreme. (And we should enjoy the nostalgia while it lasts — what are the chances the singer will ever give a rousing repeat performance of “A Moment Like This” again?) 

But the question becomes: In the battle between Grammy-winning Clarkson and bowler hat-topped Clarkson, which came out on top?  

Trick question: We do. 

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Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for Hollywood.com, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.

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