OFFSTAGE: Kelly Clarkson Announces Engagement

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Kelly Clarkson , an American Idol winner and singer of all kinds of man-bashing songs, is now engaged. She tweeted the blissful news Saturday (Dec. 15), saying, “I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :)” The greatest man ever is Brandon Blackstock, who is Reba McEntire ’s stepson and the son of Clarkson’s own manager, Narvel Blackstock. But since some of Clarkson’s biggest singles — “Since U Been Gone,” “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — are about some of men’s shortcomings, it makes you wonder if she’ll be exploring different musical territory after she ties the knot.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.