January 22nd, 2013
09:29 AM ET

Kelly Clarkson's Inauguration Day diary

After nailing her performance of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at the inauguration ceremony on Monday, Clarkson let her fans in on the backstage experience.

"I was incredibly nervous and cold ha!" the original "American Idol" posted of her performance yesterday. "What an honor to be a part of history! Obama's presence was powerful and his words unforgettable. It's a proud day for America!"

Clarkson, 30, got in a few photos with other famous faces, including fellow Texan Beyonce, who was there to sing the national anthem:

And, of course, Mr. President:

(This one didn't make her Twitter feed, but we're still laughing over the picture of former President Bill Clinton photobombing Clarkson.)

Later that night, Clarkson got red-carpet ready in Oscar de la Renta:

To enjoy the festivities with her fiancé, Brandon Blackstock:

And according to Clarkson, the First Lady makes an excellent host.

"Just partied at the White House ....I kid you not, Michelle Obama stood up and got the party started," Clarkson tweeted. "seriously cool First Lady."

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  5. sas

    Kelly Clarkson has the most gorgeous voice. She made America proud. Her voice gives me chills. She is a lovely role model for everyone. Powerhouse vocals and sweet as apple pie! Great job, Kelly!!!!

    January 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Everyone...

    letting me know she heard my cd skp in the car.....teenager

    January 24, 2013 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rhiannon is Crying

    So, apparently if one wants to find the president, one only has to look for all of the celebrities that are popular with 20 year olds. Reminds me of my ex husband – he always liked name dropping, and hanging around with people younger, and far less intelligent, than he.
    Is this really any way to run a country?

    January 24, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Leonard Edelen

      The remark of a still hurting republican who has yet to get over the fact that you loss! You sound so pathetic.

      January 24, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. hevwall

    At least she sang live, no excuses about landing late at night and temperatures, way to go girl!

    January 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. I'm 45

    and have no life maybe i'll go see midge for coffee later .... hahahaha

    January 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Meh

    Sissy music for a sissy generation

    January 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SCA BOOM

    look who's talking about fake....77 and 3

    January 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    Kelly looked beautiful when she sang, her smile showed how amazed and honored she was to be there, good job KC!

    January 23, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. nigel

    Good gig!!
    Good girl!

    January 23, 2013 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. SKY


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  15. Chicago7

    I saw a clip from a recent interview with NY Senator Charles Schumer, where he talked briefly about being a huge fan of Kelly Clarkson's. He became a big fan of hers and only afterward found out she'd been an American Idol winner. I myself am a big fan of Schumer's, and I found this revelation to be utterly delightful. If you'd asked me, I'd have said he must be a fan of Mozart, Puccini and George Ballanchine, or however he spells his name. But a fan of country music? Didn't see that one coming at all. Absolutely delightful that people are unpredictable.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. linda

    She did a wonderful job. all the people with the rude ccomments remember god hears everything youu say and you will be held accountable on judgement day.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. sultana

    mmmmmm pizza i want some i say horay to pizza and fries yayyyyyyyyyyy

    January 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Alvarez

    Damn-I thought the article was about Kelly Clarkson's diarrhea, not her diary...

    January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. from a business stand point

    that's $160 dollars of fries and pizza coming to see us.....thanks for helping.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  20. Doc

    Booooooo again. I only say hooray for French fries or pizza.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  21. Doc


    January 22, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  22. hey

    sorrent has their tkts.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  23. Hollywood

    She did a superb job. What an amazing voice for an amazing day.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  24. Kelly has an amazing voice...

    her vocal ability is just as powerfull and jennifer hudson and whitney....her family must be so proud to have her as a daughter as well.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  25. Vito -- saw it


    January 22, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  26. mish saw it...

    thanks kelly

    January 22, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  27. Now she is calling my family member

    trash because she overheard the phone call.

    these are your leaders

    January 22, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  28. Maryann and Nuns

    were right–its both

    January 22, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  29. Your superiors...


    January 22, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  30. Mike

    Chris- My thoughts exactly!

    January 22, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  31. Uh huh

    Michelle – cool? Please. She's trash.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Joi Gibson

      Just because you do not care for the First Lady does not require you to be so rude. The First Lady is far from trash. However your comment might fit that description.

      January 23, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Jealous much? Hee-hee!

      January 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  32. chris

    sooooo what happened with you backing Ron Paul.............you realize he didn't have a chance and just switched to the winning team!

    January 22, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |

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