Brandi Carlile took the stage on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (Feb. 14) to perform her Grammy-winning song, "The Joke."

Ellen introduced Carlile by saying, "On Sunday night our next guest won three Grammy Awards and delivered one of the most talked about performances of the night. Please welcome the amazing Brandi Carlile." Carlile gave an impassioned performance of "The Joke," accompanying her powerful vocal performance on acoustic guitar.

After the performance and a standing ovation from the audience, including DeGeneres herself, Carlile walked over to speak to the host.

"I was so happy to see that room of all of these amazing people responded to your performance on Sunday night," DeGeneres told the singer-songwriter.

She went on to talk about Carlile's Grammy acceptance speech, and asked her a bit about her background. DeGeneres actually served as an inspiration to Carlile, who is openly gay.

"I basically just outlined that I came out of the closet when I was fourteen years old because of you, and just never attended any parties or was never invited to a dance or anything like that," Carlile said. "And I basically said to be embraced by such an enduring and loving community was the dance of a lifetime. And it really was." DeGeneres called her brave and was impressed by her performance.

Carlile won three awards in a row at the 2019 61st Annual Grammy Awards. She won for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for "The Joke," and took home Best Americana Album for By the Way, I Forgive You. Carlile was also nominated in the mainstream all-genre categories for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year. She also took the stage to make her live Grammy Awards debut by singing "The Joke."

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