Kelly Clarkson covers Bitch Better Have My Money: Watch the singer cover Rihanna on BBC live lounge (VIDEO).

Watch Kelly Clarkson Cover Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money”

Watch Kelly Clarkson Cover Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money”

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June 7 2015 12:48 PM

Kelly Clarkson Does Sweet, Sweet Justice to Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money”

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There are many pleasures to be found in Kelly Clarkson’s cover of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” but, sadly, the satisfaction of the proemial “bitch” is not one of them.

Clarkson’s rendition may be PG-rated, but it replaces profanity with power—her voice is a dazzling instrument, one capable of teasing out mini-melodies and unexpected grace notes in the delivery of a single word. That ability is enhanced by the cover’s slowed-down tempo, which allows Clarkson to turn Rihanna’s upbeat cash anthem into a sultry and tenacious lounge tune.

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter