Kelly Clarkson pays tribute to Santa Fe shooting victims in tearful BBMAs speech: ‘We’re failing our children’

Kelly Clarkson kicked off the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an impassioned speech calling for change as the nation reels from its latest school shooting.

The ceremony host opened the show speaking directly to the camera. Tears welled in her eyes as she referenced Friday’s mass shooting, during which an armed student killed two teachers and eight of his classmates at Santa Fe High School in Clarkson’s home state of Texas.

“I’m a Texas girl and my home state has

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