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Engagement and Grammy nods make Kelly Clarkson stronger

Kelly Clarkson talks about her Grammy nods, her recent engagement and recording her next album.

Kelly Clarkson's Stronger is up for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP Photo
Kelly Clarkson's Stronger is up for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP Photo

Kelly Clarkson says she is extremely happy that she has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, but there's something else the pop singer is more thrilled about: her recent engagement.

"I couldn't even find someone to go on a date with that I enjoyed their company. Like, it was just rough," she said. "You don't see it coming. And it sounds cheesy and it sounds like a movie, but it is that though. One day you'll meet them and everything will change."

Clarkson is celebrating her one-year anniversary with her fiance Brandon Blackstock. The couple, who have been dating for a year, became engaged in December. The 30-year-old says she is still surprised she's become that "cheesy" girl and that she wasn't sure she would find true love.

"I always made fun of those people that were like: 'Oh, I met the one. He's amazing.' And I'm like: 'Oh my God, go write a song'," said Clarkson, the winner of the first American Idol.

Blackstock, who manages the country star Blake Shelton, will be by Clarkson's side when she attends the Grammys next week. Her No 1 hit, Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You), is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

"I knew from the moment I heard it that it was going to be huge," she said of her feel-good anthem, which is also up for Song of the Year. "I've heard everything from 'I got out of an abusive relationship' to 'I'm surviving cancer' - and I think everyone in the world needs that type of song - something that makes you feel empowered."

Her fifth album, Stronger is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. She said she is starting to record her next album and the sound could be a reflec- tion of her relationship with Blackstock.

"I am totally writing cheesy songs," she said. "Maybe he'll [annoy] me and I'll write a record about that." - AP