Kelly Clarkson made history on Thursday (Feb 9) as the first woman to host the NFL Honors. The American Idol OG winner and talk show host took the stage at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona in a football themed outfit comprised of a football shirt, and a long sweeping skirt festooned with football players’ names.
In her monologue, she even gives a shout-out to the dress designer. She admitted that she is a football fan, but not a football “expert.” She self-deprecating jokes about NFL facts she did not know, before pointing out football stars in the audience.
She recaps the “crazy” NFL season, which resulted in a superbowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles. The latter she refers to as a ‘garbage other team’. She’s only joking! Of course, she told jokes about Tom Brady’s (probably?) retirement.
She ended her introduction by saying “I am honored to be the first woman…to host the NFL Honors. That is so cool!” adding, “I don’t know how I got this honor…but I just want to shout out the amazing women shaping the NFL.” She points out two female pro-bowl captains in the audience, and the “woman who single-handedly made this year’s Super Bowl even possible, Donna Kelce and her ovaries!” That’s Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Travis Kelce’s mom. mom of a player.
We can’t embed the clip here, but fans can watch Kelly’s NFL honors monologue on You Tube.
“I mean, that it’s a really cool thing,” Kelly told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet before the ceremony about her history making. “It’s a lot of weight to carry, ’cause I know there’s a lot of females in this whole industry in general. I was like, ‘Man, I want them all to be standing there with me.'”
“But I’m gonna stand for them and I hope everybody has a good time tonight,” she added. “I’m very proud to be the first one.”
She joked, “I guess [once] you host a show they start asking you to host everything. I’m excited though! This is actually the year I really got into football with my girlfriends and my sisters.”
The Super Bowl ,live from sunny Phoenix Arizona, airs on Sunday February 12 on FOX. Rihanna will serve as the half time entertainment.
Check out Kelly’s red carpet look below