Kelly Clarkson performs amazing medley as Billboard Music Awards host

If there's an award for best musical monologue, Kelly Clarkson should win it.

After a tearful cold open addressing the Santa Fe High School shooting, the singer kept it lighter for her Billboard Music Awards hosting gig with a self-deprecating joke about "someone getting fired" for letting her host. She went on describe how she's a huge fan and "a nerd" for the stars in attendance, like Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and many more. 

"I'm keeping my role tonight super simple, subtle and understated," she added before launching into a medley of nominated artists that was anything but "simple."

She kicked off with Maren Morris' "My Church" before smoothly seguing into "Too Good at Goodbyes" by Sam Smith, all backed by gospel-style singers.

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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Red carpet arrivals
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Then she went hard on Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" before quickly switching genres with Imagine Dragons "Thunder" and Khalid's "Young Dumb & Broke," thoroughly entertaining Khalid himself.

Bouncing back to pop, Clarkson sang snippets of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," Mendes' "Nothing Holding Me Back" and Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do."

Swift, of course. was into the medley and her own song, playing into the moody vibe before cracking a smile at Clarkson's amazing performance.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Clarkson wrapped up the performance with acrobats, singers and dancers all covering the stage for the big finish, highlighted by fireworks and a crowd giving her a standing ovation.

"Enough about me, keeping it simple" Clarkson jokingly reiterated at the end, slightly out of breath after crushing a medley that covered nine songs. The Billboard Music Awards are Clarkson's first time hosting an award show, and with that performance, we're ready for her to host every award show.

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