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Kelly Clarkson dusts off her own catalog for private performances at sea

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Nope Kelly oke here. Kelly Clarkson performed a sold-out concert for the first time in over a year on Thursday, as the Grammy winner took over the Norwegian cruise ship Prima to help launch the brand’s maiden voyage from Galveston, Texas .

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Telling audiences she was “so excited” to “play over two minutes of a song” (a reference to the truncated covers she performs on her talk show every day) Clarkson delivered an hour-long set which spanned the two album cuts of his last off-holiday studio album The meaning of lifeto the familiar fan favorites that got the crowd of 700 inside the Prima Theater up in arms.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Clarkson was chosen by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to help launch Galveston’s sail thanks to her Texas roots. She also partnered with NCL to offer a free cruise to 100 teachers, as part of Norwegian’s “Giving Joy” campaign.

“My mother is a teacher,” Clarkson told the crowd aboard the ship, “so I know how hard you work.”

In addition to welcoming teachers on board, Clarkson and NCL have also partnered to donate nearly $170,000 to three grand prize winners and their schools. In a press release, Norwegian says its annual teacher recognition program “spotlights those inspiring people who play a vital role in shaping the lives of their students and our future.”

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Clarkson was joined on the cruise ship stage by her talk show band and joked that they were a little rusty, having not played in a real concert hall “in a while”. Opening with “Walk Away”, from his hit 2004 album Break awayClarkson rode a loose and feisty set that also included songs like “Dark Side,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Heartbeat Song” (“My Daughter’s Favorite Song,” the singer shared).

Towards the end of her set, Clarkson touted “Miss Independent” as “the first song I ever wrote and released”, adding that it is “still as relevant as ever”. The singer closed with a double of “Since U Been Gone” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”.

Clarkson is no stranger to working with Norwegian Cruise Line, having been named “godmother” to their ship Norwegian Encore. The Prima, which Clarkson performed on Thursday night, was actually baptized by another one superstar: Katy Perry has been named the Godmother of the Norwegian Prima in March.

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