Kelly Clarkson leaned in for a slow “Kiss” during her latest Prince-inspired Kellyoke performance on Tuesday (June 1).
While she kept the funk of the classic alive, The Kelly Clarkson Show host brought her sizzling and sultry vocals to the slow-burning performance with her band Y’all, only to simmer it down and exhale the last line of the chorus, “I just want your extra time and your kiss,” for the breathtaking finale.
“Kiss” was released as the lead single from Prince and The Revolution’s eighth studio album, Parade, in 1986. The hit reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while the “Kiss (Remix)/Love or Money” went to the top of the Dance Club Songs tally. The song won two Grammy Awards in 1987 for best R&B song and best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal.
This isn’t the first time Clarkson has covered the song. In 2017, she recorded a cover Prince’s “Kiss” for Spotify Singles at Spotify Studios in New York City.
NBC announced last week that Clarkson’s talk show will take over Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime slot in fall 2022 on its stations.