Kelly Clarkson teases laughs, songs, Spanx malfunctions as 'Billboard Music Awards' host


Bryan Alexander
 |  USA TODAY

Kelly Clarkson nervous about Billboard Music Awards

A nervous Kelly Clarkson admits she's trying to avoid thinking about hosting the Billboard Music Awards, but she's determined to have a good time "regardless if I suck." (May 16)

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Kelly Clarkson insists she only agreed to host the Billboard Music Awards because she thought she'd be a comedian's wingman.

Then The Voice star found she'd be solo onstage in her first-ever hosting gig.

"That was a DEFCON, red-alert, total run-for-the-hills moment," says Clarkson. "But then we figured out something fun and cool to do that's totally in my wheelhouse. Now I’m not really nervous.

"And I’m not afraid to look like an idiot, so we’ll start with that," she adds.

Here's what Clarkson has in mind for Sunday's live show from Las Vegas (NBC, 8 ET/5 PT), the day before The Voice's two-part finale (Monday, 8 ET/PT, and Tuesday, 9 ET/PT). 

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She won't do musician jokes

Clarkson immediately laid down the law: No lampooning fellow musicians in the show's opening number. That's best left to the pros.

"I cannot pull that off, making fun of people. Every time I’d make a joke, I’d be like, 'I’m just kidding. We’re cool, right?' " Clarkson says. "But we’ve found a way to do this."

Mark Bracco, a BBMA executive producer, says the opening will utilize Clarkson's rabid fandom in a number "celebrating the year in music that will set the entire show's tone."

She will perform more than once

Clarkson will rock out to an "awesome" new song, Whole Lotta Woman, from her Meaning of Life album. She will also sing along with one of the evening's star performers. (She's not saying who.)

The singer is intent on meeting Janet Jackson, who will perform and receive the Icon Award.

"If I agree to host this show, I definitely deserve to meet Janet Jackson," Clarkson says. "That’s my big goal."

She will talk … a lot

You don't try to stop Clarkson from hilariously rambling at the podium, you just try to contain her. 

"When I get nervous, I just don’t shut up," she says. "The plane never lands."

Even her introductions are going to be rambling riffs. 

"They are just going to put bullet points in the prompter, and I’ll say whatever is in my head at the moment," says Clarkson.

There will be at least one televised flub, and that's OK

Clarkson makes no bones about her personality on live TV.

"Hands down, I will trip, there will be some kind of wardrobe thing, something will happen with Spanx," she says. "I’m that person: If it can happen, it will happen."

But she's not sweating that. 

"I do not get embarrassed, honestly," says Clarkson. "If I trip, I'll get back up and be like, 'That’s funny!' "

Her true fear is mispronouncing a name.

"I don’t want to pull a John Travolta and be like Nazee Whatever," says Clarkson of Travolta's infamous 2014 Oscars flub, when he introduced Idina Menzel. "I just don’t want to insult someone."

She will rock the looks and have fun

Clarkson vows to show off fantastic outfits with multiple changes.

"Hell, yeah!" she says. "And I’m not always performing, so I can even do stuff that’s uncomfortable."

The evening will be a great night for her to watch performers, who'll include Jennifer Lopez and John Legend.

"I’m a super-fan with four kids and I work a lot," says Clarkson. "I don’t get to see a lot of shows. I can't wait."

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