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Host Kelly Clarkson refused to open music awards with moment of silence. Why she defied the orders.

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Kelly Clarkson, a native Texan, became emotional Sunday night as she opened up the Billboard Music Awards, paying tribute to the 10 lives lost last week at Santa Fe High School in her home state.

Without getting political, Clarkson declined to call for the prerequisite “moment of silence” for the victims and their families, as she was asked to do, to instead call for a “moment of action” — nonetheless, the liberal media interpreted the appeal as a call for gun control.

“Before we start tonight’s show, there’s something I’d like to say — this is gonna be so hard — about the tragedy Friday at Sante Fe High School,” Clarkson said. “I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year. And once again, y’all, we’re grieving for more kids that have died for just an absolute, no reason at all.”

Choking back tears and struggling to find the words, the popular recording artist said the show asked her to do a moment of silence.

“Tonight they wanted me to say that, obviously we want to pray for all the victims, you want to pray for their families,” Clarkson said. “But they also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I’m so sick of moment of silence.”

“Like it’s not working,” she said, as tears began to fall. “Why don’t we not do one of silence, why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do moment of change, why don’t we change what’s happening because it’s horrible.”

Clarkson, who told NPR in 2012 she’s a gun owner and that she slept with a Colt .45, didn’t define the change she was calling for and didn’t mention restricting access to guns — she told NPR that she owned nine guns.

The “American Idol” star said “mommas and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs — you should be able to live your life without that kind of fear.”

“We need to do better,” Clarkson said.

“I can’t imagine — I have 4 children — I cannot imagine getting that phone call or that knock on the door,” she said through tears, before adding that she’ll respect and honor the victims by calling for a moment of change, asking people to get involved in finding a solution.

Tom Tillison


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