In an appearance on the "The Kelly Clarkson Show"
on Tuesday, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Andy Stuart invited Clarkson to be the
Norwegian Encore's godmother.
The recording artist and TV personality will perform at the
Encore's christening ceremony in Miami on Nov. 21 as well as fulfill the
traditional ship blessing and naming.
The Texas-born Clarkson achieved fame in 2002 when she won
the inaugural season of "American Idol." Since then, Clarkson has
recorded eight studio albums and numerous hit singles, including "Since U
Been Gone," "Miss Independent," "Because of You" and "Stronger
(What Doesn't Kill You)."
The Grammy Award-winning Clarkson has hosted the Billboard
Music Awards, appeared on "The Voice" as a coach and made her daytime
TV debut in September with "The Kelly Clarkson Show."
Stuart said Clarkson "represents our core values."
"Kelly is a role model who is passionate about family
and community, as well as music and entertainment. These are our passions too. We are honored to
have her join our family of godparents and look forward to celebrating
Norwegian Encore's debut in Miami with her," Stuart said in a statement.
To celebrate Clarkson's appointment as godmother, Clarkson
and Norwegian Cruise Line awarded 20 music educators on "The Kelly
Clarkson Show" with a seven-day cruise.
"I am so honored to be named the godmother to Norwegian
Encore, and to get to be a part of such a special ceremony to christen the new
ship in Miami," said Clarkson in a statement. "I believe that
surrounding yourself with the ones you love and taking time for them is
important while having the most amazing and unforgettable vacation, which is what
Norwegian Cruise Line stands for and provides for its guests."
The Norwegian Encore will sail seven-day voyages to the
Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning Nov. 24.