WATCH: Kelly Clarkson Nails Jaw-Dropping Joe Diffie Tribute Performance of ‘Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)’

by Samantha Whidden

American Idol alum and daytime talk show host Kelly Clarkson took to the stage with her band Y’all to perform a country cover of “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” by Joe Diffie in the latest Kellyoke segment. 

Diffie passed away in 2020 due to complications related to the COVID-19 virus at the age of 61. Kelly Clarkson performed the 1993 hit with the chorus, “Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die/ Lord, I want to go to heaven, but I don’t want to go tonight/ Fill my boots up with sand, put a stiff drink in my hand/ Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die”

Fans of Kelly Clarkson took to YouTube to share their appreciation for the performance. “There is NOTHING Kelly can’t sing!! NOTHING!!” One fan says, “She needs to do an entire album of country cover song[s] like this!! SO talented!!” Another also shares, “Joe would be so proud. Miss his voice so much… We lost so much in 2020 and so many wonderful music talents.”

Kelly has also covered various songs during Kellyoke, including “Breathe Me” by Sia, “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, and “Ghost” by Indigo Girls.

Kelly Clarkson’s Other Recent Live Performance

Kelly’s Kellyoke segment follows the “Piece By Piece” songstress’ performance at the 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, where she paid tribute to Garth Brooks by performing his hit song, “The Dance.” The tribute left Brooks moved nearly to tears as he and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, watched in amazement.

Kelly revealed that prior to taking the event’s stage, she texted Yearwood to help calm her nerves. “I was texting Trisha Yearwood before the show, and then I go on stage and I saw them, and like, all of a sudden, I am the sweatiest human on planet earth,” Clarkson admits in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Clarkson to Replace Ellen DeGeneres in 2022

Along with the Kennedy Center Honors performance, Clarkson is reportedly set to take over Ellen DeGeneres’ afternoon talk show slot some time in 2022. Kelly’s talk show’s first episode aired in 2019 on NBC and is described as the uplifting daytime “destination” for humor, heart, and connection. “Singer Kelly Clarkson brings her gift of connection to a fun and funny hour each weekday, offering heartwarming stories, live musical performances, games, and surprises. 

At the end of 2020, NBCUniversal renewed The Kelly Clarkson Show through at least 2023. The network’s Vice President, Tracie Wilson, called the show “one ray of sunshine” during the unpredictable year. “We get to continue to deliver to stations and fans a show that brings people together,” Wilson shared at the time. 

Speaking about Kelly taking over for Ellen, Valari Staab, President of NBCUniversal Local, reveals, “These are remarkable achievements for a talk show in its second season. We look forward to Ellen DeGeneres’ 19th season. Paired with Kelly Clarkson for what is sure to be a blockbuster year. By 2022, The Kelly Clarkson Show will be the star of our daytime entertainment schedules. And an asset to our early afternoon newscasts.”