Ronnie Dunn defends Kelly Clarkson’s Country Cred

Kelly Clarkson has been one of the topics up for debate this morning after last night’s Country Music Association Awards. While some country fans are confused why the pop superstar earned a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, (which was awarded to fellow Texan Miranda Lambert), the industry has come out in support of Kelly. One of the supporters just happens to be the iconic Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks & Dunn. He took to his Facebook page to defend Kelly Clarkson after some of his own fans were vocal about not welcoming her to country music.

Ronnie said:

“Mark E Lemothe writes: ” Friends with Kelly Clarkson yet?”

Kelly is a friend and one of the BEST singers I’ve ever been in a room with. Went to Tahiti with her. Texas girl, down home…as real as they come. I think her heart’s in Country Music. She can sing like an angel.”

Check out Kelly’s performance of her country single “Don’t Rush” below with Vince Gill and let us know what you think – do you want to see her go completely country?


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A 26 year-old Canadian girl currently living in England for a culinary career. Fell in love with country music and cooking at a young age, and looks for a way to do both.