EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Her Family's Busy Holiday Plans, Talks GRAMMY Nomination

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Kelly Clarkson is gearing up for the holidays!
ET sat down with the 34-year-old singer on Friday, where she opened up about making Christmas special for her whole family.
"We are a very American family in the sense that there are a lot of different families going on, and having to visit this family and this family and this family," said Clarkson, who will be celebrating her first Christmas as a mom of four (the singer shares two kids with husband Brandon Blackstock, and is step-mom to his two kids from a previous marriage). "We have a very full schedule of family fun to make sure we get everyone in there and see everyone and our kids, because it is important."
The "Stronger" singer will be celebrating 7-month-old son Remington's first Christmas this year, but revealed that she's trying not to spoil him with tons of gifts.
"It is such second child syndrome, y'all," she joked, "but I learned from River last Christmas she doesn't know what is going on."
"I have a couple things for him, but really he is 7 months old, he doesn't even do anything yet," Clarkson explained, adding that 2-year-old River is much more excited about the holiday this year. "This is the first Christmas she is going to get it."
River definitely "gets it." Clarkson's daughter made headlines as she adorably stole the show during the 63rd annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade last weekend.
"She loved it!" Clarkson gushed, before admitting that River's excitement was a little harder on her. "She was moving and I was trying to smile and look together like every hot mess mom out there."
It's not a shock that River would be excited for the holidays -- Clarkson says her house has been decorated for Christmas since early November.
"I'll be honest with you, actually the lights outside our house were on before Halloween…. We're like those red necks that have Christmas lights on weird times of the year," she joked. "I love the decorations. It puts me in such a great mood."
Clarkson is set to spread the holiday cheer when she performs her second Miracle on Broadway holiday charity benefit concert in Nashville on Dec. 16, but her busy schedule won't end after the holidays. The singer -- who was just nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Piece by Piece" -- revealed she'll be attending this year's awards show.
"I didn't [go] last year. I think I was pregnant," she explained, "but this year I think I'm going to go! I'm so excited to be nominated."
"I was in a radio interview, and honest to god, I thought they were making a mistake. I was like, 'This is going to be so embarrassing when they find out,' because I didn't know that I was eligible at first… but then it turned it was me, so I was very excited," Clarkson added. "It was a cool way to find out on the radio live."
Clarkson will also be focusing her energy towards putting out a new album in 2017, and said she hopes to release the record's first single in May.
"It's definitely a departure from the pop rock stuff that people are used to," she said, instead offering that the album has a more "contemporary vibe of '90s, soulful, urban pop." "It's real fun and I've been wanting to make this record for a while."