Country Throwback: Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson Perform ‘Because of You’ at 2007 ACM Awards

by Katie Maloney

Fourteen years ago, country icon Reba McEntire teamed up with superstar Kelly Clarkson for an epic ACM Awards performance.

In 2007, Reba joined Kelly onstage for a duet of Clarkson’s song, “Because of You.” However, the two were already friends long before their performance together. In fact, Kelly and Reba met in 2002. The two immediately hit it off and became close friends.

In fact, Kelly even married Reba’s son Brandon Blackstock. Although Clarkson and Blackstock are currently separating, she and Reba remain friends.

Years later after their incredible duet, Reba talked about her friendship with Clarkson on The Talk.

“Kelly and I got to tour together in 2008, it was one of the most exciting, fun tours I’ve ever been a part of… you know, I love her to pieces. She’s been one of my best friends since I met her in 2002. She’s a wonderful person, big-hearted, always full of joy and laughter,” Reba said.

Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire perform “Because of You”

Kelly Clarkson Wrote The Song About Her Parents’ Divorce

“Because of You” is about trying not to make the same mistakes as your parents. During the song, Clarkson sings about being afraid to fall in love or take chances because she doesn’t want to experience the type of pain she saw in her parents while growing up.

During the song, Kelly sings, “I will not make the same mistakes that you did. I will not let myself cause my heart so much misery. I will not break the way you did.”

Clarkson wrote the song about her parents’ divorce. Although the song became a hit after she won American Idol, Clarkson said that she started writing the song long before the show. In fact, she was 16 years old when she started writing the song.

She said she was with friends in high school talking about the influence that older people and peers had on them and she was inspired to start writing the song. Once she wrote the song, Kelly sent a demo tape to producers David Hodges and Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence). They liked the song and worked to finalize it with her.

During an interview, Kelly said that she wants to be remembered for “Because of You.”

“I think because I worked so damn hard to get it on an album and just everyone was against it. There was some blood, sweat and tears going on there,” she said. “I think I’m most proud of that song—just getting it on an album because no one liked it until it hit #1 worldwide and everybody was on board,” she said.