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The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony took place in May, and it aired on CBS last night. One of the highlights of the night – certainly for country music fans – was Kelly Clarkson’s cover of “The Dance,” during the segment of the evening that paid tribute to Garth Brooks.

While audience members were clearly touched by Clarkson’s soulful rendition of the song, no one was more moved than Brooks himself. He sat in the front row, accompanied by Trisha Yearwood, and the other honorees and their dates. The other honorees were Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, Joan Baez and violinist Midori.

Clarkson is obviously a skilled song interpreter; she’s known to cover popular songs at her concerts and on her “Kellyoke” portion of The Kelly Clarkson Show. And this was surely one of her greatest covers.  Watch the video below.

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