Kelly Clarkson named Norwegian Encore's godmother

Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Andy Stuart with Kelly Clarkson on the set of "The Kelly Clarkson Show."
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Andy Stuart with Kelly Clarkson on the set of "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

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.

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