Watch Kelly Clarkson Sing the National Anthem Before Game 4 of the Nashville Predators’ Playoff Game vs. Anaheim Ducks

Watch Kelly Clarkson Sing the National Anthem Before Game 4 of the Nashville Predators’ Playoff Game vs. Anaheim Ducks

The NHL’s Nashville Predators were back in action against the Anaheim Ducks for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night (May 18).

Like the Preds six previous home playoff games, the performance of the national anthem was a star-studded affair—this time Kelly Clarkson had the honor.

In Round 1 of the playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks, Carrie Underwood (April 17) and Luke Bryan (April 20) sang the national anthem before Games 3 and 4, respectively.

In Round 2 against the St. Louis Blues, Little Big Town (April 30), Vince Gill (May 2) and Lady Antebellum (May 7) had the honors before Games 3, 4 and 6, respectively.

In the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks, Keith Urban (May 16) delighted the crowd with an a cappella performance before Game 3.

Tonight, Kelly Clarkson got the call to perform the anthem before the Preds’ Game 4 showdown. Watch the former American Idol sing the anthem in front of the sellout crowd.

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter