Competitive singing show winners unite! Reigning American Idol and The Voice champs, Maddie Poppe and Brynn Cartelli joined forces at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards, which aired across Disney platforms Saturday night (June 23). The duo introduced American Idol OG winner and The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson and presented her with Disney’s Icon Award.
“By turning a singing competition win into global superstardom, this woman paved the way for us and we couldn’t be more excited to be here to present her with the RDMA Icon Award,” said Maddie.
Brynn, who was coached to victory by Kelly on the most recent cycle of The Voice added, “Of course she’s winning the Icon Award because literally everything she touches is immediately iconic!”
Before accepting her award, the Queen of Singing Shows cruised through a medley of her most iconic hits, including: Miss Independent, Since You Been Gone, My Life Would Suck Without You, Catch My Breath. Stronger, (which she dedicated to daughter River Rose), Heartbeat Song and her current single from her latest album Meaning of Life, Heat.
“This is so great!” Kelly gushed as she hugged the two champs. She thanked her fans for requesting her music. “All three of us standing here–I know Carrie’s here tonight too–all of us can only thank y’all for our careers. Thank you so much for voting.” Kelly continued, “It really does come all down to the fans. That’s what I tell these girls and anybody in this industry.”
Kelly attributed her success to teamwork, “Nothing in your life will you do without a team of people helping you do it. Respect those around you, love those you work with and appreciate how hard they’re working for you…”
The singer ended her speech on a sweet note: “I just want to say to these two ladies right here, I’m so proud! This is my past, my present. This is so cool, this is so fun to be able to get [the award] from Maddie and Brynn. It’s a really cool moment for me, especially paying it forward. I know it’s gotta be a little like that for Carrie as well.”
Season 4 American Idol winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood took the stage a little later to accept the Hero Award for her philanthropic work and also performed her hit “The Champion” with Ludacris and the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir.
Watch Kelly Clarkson perform a medley of her hits, and accept the Icon Award
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