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Kelly Clarkson and Pink join forces for stunning American Music Awards opening ABC screen shot
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Two of the most powerful voices of their generation — Kelly Clarkson and Pink — joined forces to open the Nov. 19 American Music Awards, harmonizing on a stunning version of R.E.M.’s 1993 hit “Everybody Hurts.”

The song set just the right tone, as the singers took the stage after actor Jamie Foxx and his daughter, Corinne, acknowledged a difficult year filled with violence and natural disasters, and paid tribute to first responders, several of whom were onstage to receive the accolades.

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Both singers were clad in long black dresses, with Pink donning a black leather jacket over hers, and Kelly accessorized with long, straight blonde hair extensions.

Following their performance, they received a standing ovation from the audience, which included Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, and the men of Florida Georgia Line and their wives.

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Kelly was later shown in the audience seated next to Keith with daughter River Rose in her lap, adorably clutching a juice box.

A little later in the night a very surprised Keith took center stage, winning the AMA Awards for Country Male Artist, Country Album and Country Song of the Year, the latter two for “Ripcord” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” respectively. He dedicated the award to Nicole and to his daughters, who he referred to as “Munchkin” and “FeeFee,” for “all the love in our home and in my heart.” He also thanked his fans, saying, “Without you, it is one long sound check.”

Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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