Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy Night Cancer Scare

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Kelly Clarkson has been nominated for three Grammy Awards this year.

As we wait in anticipation to watch her performance and to see which awards she will win this Sunday, we can’t help but think back to her first Grammy experience back in 2006.

At Clarkson’s first Grammy ceremony, not only did the original American Idol winner accept two Grammy Awards (for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakaway), but she had also been struggling with some unexpected news — that she may have cancer.

On the day of the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, Clarkson got a call from her doctor saying that some recent test results showed that she might have cancer. Naturally, she was pretty freaked out by the news, but she tried to hold back her emotions  throughout the show and her performance.

She says, “Through the whole thing I was crying. And then when I won, I thought ‘This is God’s gift before I go.’ I literally had my make-up done three times that day.” 

Kelly Clarkson accepts GRAMMY for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 'Since U Been Gone' (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for The Recording Academy)

Kelly Clarkson accepts GRAMMY for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ‘Since U Been Gone’ (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for The Recording Academy)

As it turns out, Clarkson was fine, and a couple of days later her doctor called to tell her that they had mixed up her test results.

At this year’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the singer is up for three awards — Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year for “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”, and Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger.

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