Kelly Clarkson Selected as Headlining Performer for 2018 U.S. Open
Kelly Clarkson will help kick off one of the world's biggest sporting events.
The superstar has been selected as the headlining performer for this year's U.S. Open. She'll take the stage on Aug. 27 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, near New York City, during the opening night ceremony.
The historic event is also its 50th anniversary in 2018.
Clarkson's appearance will be the "centerpiece" of a special ceremony commemorating the anniversary and will also include appearances by previous U.S. Open champions and other surprise guests. The U.S. Open is one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world, bringing together some of the most renowned players including Venus and Serena Williams, Rafaela Nadal, Sloane Stephens and more.
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“We are honored to have such a talented performer join us in this very special year. Kelly Clarkson’s musical versatility, her unparalleled presence and of course her voice, will make this a night to remember," chairperson of the US Open and president and CEO of USTA Katrina Adams says in a press release.
Shania Twain served as the headlining act in 2017, and Luke Bryan made a previous appearance on the gala red carpet with his wife, Caroline.
Clarkson recently announced that she's signed on to voice a character in an upcoming film called UglyDolls that is based on the Hasbro toy brand of the same name. She's also set to perform at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas alongside Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Bryan. Clarkson was a first-time judge on Season 14 of The Voice and won the show with contestant Brynn Cartelli. She'll return for Season 15 in the fall.
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