Kelly Clarkson and Garth Brooks’s Cover of ‘Shallow’ Will Make You Feel Things

If you haven’t cried at least once to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s song “Shallow,” then you don’t have a heart. I’m kidding, but the tune, which appears in their movie A Star Is Born and earned an Oscar for Best Original Song, is full of emotion, power, and soul. So much so that it’s spawned dozens and dozens of covers—a few by some very famous people. Granted, most of the renditions are from Gaga’s legion of Little Monsters, but a few A-listers have put their paws up for “Shallow.”

From Kelly Clarkson to Nick Jonas, let’s have a look at just a few of the celebrities who are off the deep end for this song.

Kelly Clarkson and Garth Brooks

They performed the iconic song in December 2020, when Brooks was a guest on Clarkson’s talk show. It was as beautiful as you’d expect. 


The “Juice” singer swaps her traditionally upbeat style for this haunting rendition of “Shallow.” It will give you goose bumps.

Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson

Good luck not cracking up at this A-plus rendition.

Tori Kelly and Ally Brooke

This is the first female-female cover of “Shallow” that I’ve seen, and it’s gorgeous.

Kate Hudson

The best way to survive a workout? Belting “Shallow” the entire time, apparently. Seriously, though, Kate Hudson can sing—which, if you’ve seen Nine, you already knew.

Nick Jonas

Jonas posted his cover of “Shallow” to Instagram on Friday, February 22, 2019 (uploaded by Priyanka Chopra, of course). It’s soft and subtle, relying only on Jonas’s muted guitar strums and his even more muted vocals. Have a listen for yourself.

Rachel Zegler

The 17-year-old newcomer was one of 30,000 people to audition for Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story. She ultimately landed the role of Maria, which is when the internet discovered her stunning cover of “Shallow.” Watch 30 seconds of it, and you’ll see why Spielberg jumped at the chance to cast her.

Sam Tsui

Tsui is known for his YouTube covers, but his take on “Shallow” truly raises the bar. He tackles both the Gaga and Cooper parts here with style and aplomb, and his sugary vocals give the song a poppier vibe than what’s done in A Star Is Born.

The only thing more beautiful than Clarkson’s cover of “Shallow” is how she talked about Gaga before performing it. “I love artists. I know there’s a lot of competition always with artists in the industry, but there’s a lot of us that just dig each other and really get inspired by each other and what they’re doing,” she said. “And this chick is amazing. We’re really different, but at the same time, we’re really similar in the fact that she just loves music, and that’s why she’s doing what she’s doing.”

Alicia Keys and James Corden

Okay, so this is technically a parody, but it still counts. Corden and Keys riffed off “Shallow” as a way to tee up her 2019 Grammys-hosting gig, and the result is pure hilarity. And incredible vocals, of course. I mean, this is Alicia Keys.

Lady Gaga at the Grammys

Why, yes, it is possible to do a cover of your own song. Gaga’s arrangement of “Shallow” at the 2019 Grammys is completely different from how she sang it in A Star Is Born. In lieu of a stripped-down look and vocals, Gaga went full-on glam-pop, incorporating many of the elements that made her a pop phenomenon back in 2008.

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at Enigma

We couldn’t do this list without including the first time Gaga and Cooper reprised “Shallow” outside of the movie. It happened in late January 2019 during Gaga’s Vegas residency, Enigma. “Shallow” is always the encore, but fans (and let’s face it, the world) received a special treat that particular evening. If anything, this performance gave us so many great memes.

Gaga and Bradley Cooper at the 2019 Oscars

The song’s banner awards season ended on the most beautiful note. There are no words to describe this performance. Just watch.

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