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Originally posted 02/09/2013 09:00AM
Kelly Clarkson was about to experience a dream moment for any bride: trying on wedding dresses at Vera Wang's chiffon-and champagne-filled boutique in West Hollywood on Feb. 1.
"I was in the changing room, and I looked at my armpits, and I was like, 'Are you kidding me? I look like a cave woman!' " recounts the singer, relaxing a day later in jeans and a hoodie-covered Willie Nelson T-shirt in her adopted hometown of Nashville.
"And then I took my pants off, and I was like, 'Oh my God, my legs match!' My nails looked like a hot mess; my eyebrows looked like bushes. I was so not a girl. I started tearing up because I'm like, 'This is not me. I'm usually not this gross. I'm just so busy!'
Originally posted 02/07/2013 08:00AM
Kelly Clarkson doesn't sweat the small stuff, even when it comes to prepping for one of the biggest days of her life.
Although the engaged superstar, 30, tells PEOPLE her upcoming wedding with Brandon Blackstock, 36, has been "a lot to plan," she's "not going to be a bridezilla."
In fact, she says she's "going to be the opposite," explaining, "I'm going to be like, 'Oh, the cake fell off the porch, that's fine. Cool, something's on fire, cool, whatever, we'll move it. We'll get married over there.' I'm going to be that girl."
Originally posted 02/06/2013 04:30PM
"All Hail the Chief" isn't the only thing blasting out of White House stereos!
Michelle Obama – who is nominated for a Grammy Award for her spoken-word reading of American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America – is sharing the songs that are in heavy rotation on her iPod. (Psst: she's a fan of Willow Smith.)
Just don't expect her to sing along: As the First Lady tells PEOPLE, "Let's just say my husband is the real singer in the family."
Originally posted 02/06/2013 08:00AM
She had never been in love before. Then, a few years ago, Kelly Clarkson finally figured out why, she says.
"I was dating skinny jeans and I needed Wranglers," the singer, 30, tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story.
So when she fell hard for music manager Brandon Blackstock a year ago, she knew it was something special.
Relaxing at their Nashville home together in December, Clarkson recalls, "Out of nowhere I just said, 'Thanks for being an awesome guy.' I've never been loved properly by a man, and I was just like, 'I thank you so much for that.' "
Originally posted 01/22/2013 07:50PM
President Barack Obama celebrated his second inauguration Monday night with a private party following his very public day.
The Obama family – including wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha – headed to the White House later on in the evening for a black tie affair, which included celebrities and political stars, as well as a late night buffet of desserts.
The Obamas were surrounded by 300 family and friends, including Bill Clinton (without his wife Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), John Kerry and Colin Powell. Lucky celebs who landed an invite were Swizz Beatz and wife Alicia Keys – who shared her inauguration photos with PEOPLE – Usher, John Legend and fiancée Chrissy Teigen, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry and John Mayer (who were "quite cute," says a source), Kelly Clarkson and her fiancé Brandon Blackstock, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and country star Brad Paisley.
Originally posted 01/22/2013 11:35AM
After helping President Barack Obama begin his second term with a powerful rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," Kelly Clarkson celebrated in style.
The singer – who is engaged to Nashville-based talent manager Brandon Blackstock – attended the inaugural ball with her fiancé on Monday.
Sharing her political partying experience with her 2.6 million followers, Clarkson, 30, chronicled her evening on Twitter.
Originally posted 01/21/2013 12:05PM
After being sworn into office during a private ceremony on Sunday, President Barack Obama publicly began his second term during Monday's presidential Inauguration on the Capitol Steps.
With the crowd – which was estimated at roughly 800,000 people – chanting "O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!" the President began his address.
"My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment," he said, "and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together."
Beyoncé closed out the 57th inaugural ceremony with an a powerful rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" – while wearing a chiffon-and-velvet Emilio Pucci gown with a pair of 80-carat emerald earrings and a 50-carat emerald ring by Lorraine Schwartz.
And Kelly Clarkson performed a stirring "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" accompanied by the United States Marine Band.
Originally posted 01/11/2013 10:30AM
Talk about a lot of talent in one place!
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday that Usher, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and Katy Perry will be performing for the Kids' Inaugural and official inaugural balls in Washington, D.C., to celebrate President Barack Obama's being sworn in for a second term.
The kids' concert (Jan. 19) continues a tradition started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, four years ago during the President's first inaugural celebration.
Originally posted 01/09/2013 11:25AM
Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Rihanna and fun. are among the first acts announced for the 55th annual Grammy Awards next month.
All are nominees and will join rapper-actor host LL Cool J to kick off the show, which will be broadcast live on CBS on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. from the Los Angeles STAPLES Center.
Six artists (including fun. and Mumford & Sons) have been nominated this year for six Grammys each. The Black Keys have five nominations while Rihanna and Swift have three each.
Originally posted 01/09/2013 05:00AM
Michelle Obama works out to her music – plus, she's no stranger to the White House – so it's only fitting this year that Beyoncé will be front and center at President Barack Obama's inauguration.
The R&B superstar will be performing the National Anthem at the Jan. 21 ceremony, which will take place at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, the Presidential Inaugural Committee tells PEOPLE. And she will be joined by an equally auspicious roster of singers: Kelly Clarkson will perform "My Country 'Tis of Thee" this year (that honor went to Aretha Franklin ... and her infamous hat in 2009), while James Taylor will sing "America the Beautiful."
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