Kelly Clarkson recently received a GRAMMY nomination for her live performance of “Piece By Piece” on American Idol. However, while being interviewed by Billboard about the honor, she revealed a secret she’d been holding since the 2006 GRAMMY Awards.
According to Buzzfeed, Clarkson was falsely told that she had cancer the morning of the awards, at which she not only performed but took home two trophies. She explained:
“Well, not many people know this, not to be a Debbie Downer, but I was told that morning that I had cancerous results for something… And then when I won, I thought, ‘Oh my god. This is like God giving me one more thing before something horrible happens.’”
What actually happened? The doctor’s office mixed up her test results with another patient’s, causing a day of incredible fear for the pop singer which was then followed by a day of confusion. She went on to explain:
“I went to the doctor’s next day and they apologized for mixing up results. And I was like, ‘Are you for real?!’… It was kind of the worst/greatest day… A lot of the moments got stolen from that mishap, but hey, I didn’t have cancer! …I don’t even remember anything but being terrified.”
With all that in mind, her anxious and tearful acceptance speech at the ceremony makes a lot more sense in retrospect!
After hearing all that, we’re happy that she’s okay and still sharing her music with the world. Check out her acceptance speech above and watch her GRAMMY nominated performance of “Piece By Piece” below!