"It was just very moving for me," she told ET's Kevin Frazier on the red carpet. "I tried not to look at the screen because that's where they are showing everybody, [but] I did catch Prince at the end ... I was like, 'Aw, dang it!' I'm going to try and keep my composure and pay my respect."
Kelly may be a first-timer at the Emmys, but she looked the part of a red carpet pro -- and pulled off a major old Hollywood glam moment -- in a stunning black gown by Paule Ka. The singer accessorized her classic look with diamond earrings by Arzano and bracelets and rings by Norman Silverman Diamonds, wearing her blonde locks in classic waves.
"I'm feeling very glamorous tonight," she said. "I'm just happy to be here."
Of course, we couldn't let Kelly leave without getting a little bit of scoop on her next album, too.
"I've been experimenting a lot lyrically," she revealed, saying that she's drawing on both new and old relationships for inspiration. "Not even just love [that] I've been talking about -- just life. Things that I observed in our culture. I've just been having fun with it."