Give us Kelly Clarkson standing at a microphone, simply singing, and we'd be thrilled. The original American Idol possesses that kind of sheer talent.

But the artist took to the stage at last night's American Music Awards in a shiny, beautiful dress and was flanked by a series of brass instruments, along with back-up dancers that took their cue from the early 20th century musical Newsies.

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Kelly Clarkson is about to hit the road. And the air. And perhaps even the water once or twice, as well.

The original American Idol has announced a major tour to kick off 2012, as she'll be accompanied by Matt Nathanson and get the act started on January 13. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local venue time.

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Kelly Clarkson has taken a break from singing about love to talk about love, admitting in a new interview: I've never been in it!

"I've never been in love," the artist tells USA Today. "I've never experienced certain things, and I think that's because I have this side of me that is shut off. Because I haven't found anybody yet to open to that I feel like, 'OK, you're worth breaking down that wall for.' I've never found that."

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Someone who knows a thing or two about singing competitions performed on The X Factor UK last night.

Kelly Clarkson - who won season one of American Idol, has sold 22 singles around the globe and garnered two Grammys - rocked out with a rendition of "Mr. Know It All," the lead single off her next album... which hits stores this week!

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Another day, another opportunity to sample Kelly Clarkson's upcoming album.

The singer has released another track off "Stronger," which comes out on October 24. This one is titled "The War is Over" and it features the original American Idol once again standing up for herself against a man.

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