December 05, 2016 at 06:29 PM EST

Kelly Clarkson appeared on TODAY to perform her cover of “It’s Quiet Uptown,” which was featured on the recently released Hamilton Mixtape

Before the performance, the three-time Grammy award winner chatted with the show’s hosts and explained how she became involved in covering the song on the mixtape.

“I was emailed the song at like one in the morning, and I was pregnant with my little boy,” she began. “And I had not seen Hamilton. Really, I’m just like a couple weeks from having my boy and the song is about a boy dying. I was like, ‘Are you serious?'”

The statement echoed comments she previously made to EW when she said the song “was the hardest thing to sing. I was just so emotional.”

Clarkson also told TODAY that, because the song is so heartwrenching, she typically tears up during most performances, including this one.

“The problem is you want to be emotional. But it’s hard to be so emotional while you’re singing it because no sound will come out of my mouth if I start crying,” she said. 

Watch the full performance below. 

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