The sports organization announced on its website this morning that Clarkson will be the first woman to host the prime-time awards special.
Clarkson said on Instagram on Friday that she’s psyched for the NFL Honors gig.
“Y’all! I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be hosting the 2023 @nfl Honors!” she wrote. “I can’t wait to celebrate all of the best players and moments from the NFL season.”
NFL Honors is a pretty self-explanatory event: It celebrates the best players, performances, and plays from the last season, according to its website. Previous hosts include Alec Baldwin, Steve Harvey, Seth Meyers, and Conan O’Brien.
Technically called NFL Honors Presented by Invisalign, the gala will take place Feb. 9 in Phoenix. It will air live at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, the NFL Network, and Peacock too.
How the versatile singer/talk-show host/author will juggle the NFL Honors with all her other projects — The Kelly Clarkson Show, preparing to return as a coach on The Voice, working on her 10th album, performing concerts, and mothering her two kids (ages 6 and 8) — is anyone’s guess.
This year, however, she prove herself capable of pulling off such a feat.
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Kelly Clarkson, 40, is having a hell of a year.
Firstly, she and Dolly Parton teamed for a new version of the latter’s movie theme song “9 to 5.” The collaboration preceded the release of the recent documentary Still Working 9 to 5.
Last week, Clarkson and Parton joined forces again, this time for an off-the-cuff rendition of the Parton classic “I Will Always Love You.” They sang the tune on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the talk show that earned her Daytime Emmy Awards in the past three years.
(Watch a clip from Kelly Clarkson’s interview with Dolly Parton right here.”
Also on her talk show, Clarkson teamed with a much more unlikely friend — Dwayne Johnson — for a music performance. The pair did a two-minute rendition of “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin” — something Clarkson knows a little bit about — as a tribute to recently deceased country-music legend Loretta Lynn.
Beyond that, Clarkson solidified her return to The Voice for Season 23 of the singing competition. Speaking of which, she also nabbed a co-hosting gig on a somewhat similar show, American Song Contest.
As for her own singing career, Clarkson recently celebrated the 20-year anniversary of her American Idol win.
In terms of new material, Clarkson announced a new album three months ago. It’s due next year but doesn’t appear to have a title or release date quite yet. In the interim, she issued an EP, amusingly called Kellyoke, in June.
Last but not least, Clarkson got a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood three months ago. Entertainers have to pony up $55,000 to have their name imprinted on the ground, but hey, Clarkson deserves all the recognition she can get.