Pop star, American Idol alum and The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson was honored at Variety‘s Power of Women Los Angeles luncheon on Friday for her work with the education organization XQ Institute.
The singer was introduced by her fellow The Voice coach and pal Blake Shelton (Kelly’s husband, Brandon Blackstock manages them both). His five minute introduction included a hilarious anecdote about singing a duet with Kelly who gave him this interesting note: “I want you to sing it like we’ve been f*cking.” Apparently, Blake is a bit of a dead fish when singing romantic duets with women who aren’t gal pal Gwen Stefani.
During Kelly’s acceptance speech, she gave a shoutout to fellow Power of Women recipient, Gal Gadot, the star of the hit movie Wonder Woman.
Seeing Gal Gadot in the crowd, reports Variety, Kelly stopped her speech to talk about how cool it is to have a “bold female figure” like “Wonder Woman” as a role model for young girls like her own 3-year-old daughter, River Rose.
“Bitch got it all, she got it all,” Kelly gushed about Gadot.
As far as the film itself, Kelly said, “I love this movie, I don’t know what James Cameron is talking about,” she recalled telling director Patty Jenkins, referring to the Titanic director’s criticism of the superhero film.
“For women that are moms, the story of Belle and the beast, it’s a little scary. She was in a dungeon, trapped, and then they fell in love,” Clarkson said of the classic story Beauty and the Beast. “Or Aurora, she just slept it out; she didn’t do a damn thing. And those are her favorite ones. And I’m like ‘ughhh.’”
But watching her daughter act out the fight scenes from Wonder Women is on a whole other level. “You’re a little proud cause you’re like, ‘Oh, you’re cute in the Belle dress,’ but you’re more proud when she’s like [wields imaginary Wonder Woman sword].”
Kelly opened her speech with a response to Blake’s duet story. “I’m not going to coach The Voice like that,” she quiped, “Sexual harassment is wrong.” Also, Blake had threatened to tell a New Year’s eve story that happened in Oklahoma involving Kelly, Adam Levine and others almost getting arrested. Kelly says Adam acts like a “little boy” when he’s in trouble and was “off in a corner crying about it.” Such a tease…
Eventually, Kelly got down to business and shared her experience working with the XQ Institute which advocates for “out of the box” thinking when it comes to education. She gives credit to her mother, a public school teacher back in Texas, who she called a “phenomenal teacher” who “got paid jack” but came to work early every day, and left late each night. “I’m here really for her,” Kelly explained, “Carrying the torch she’s been carrying for years.”
Watch Kelly’s funny, yet inspiring speech below.