John Legend - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have taken an old holiday classic and revamped it for modern times. The stars changed the lyrics of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" after critics said the iconic tune promoted date rape.

Legend posted his duet with Clarkson on Vevo Thursday, and the song was also made available for streaming. It appears on the deluxe edition of his Christmas album "A Legendary Christmas."

The crooner released the Christmas album in conjunction with a TV special, which aired on NBC last year. This holiday season, he's adding more songs to the album, and he'll also appear in a new special "Christmas Under the Stars" on BYU TV, which he announced on Twitter Thursday.

Legend and Clarkson's re-recording of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" follows backlash toward the song, which came to a head last year. The 1944 tune was criticized as inappropriate, especially in the #MeToo era. Several radio stations vowed not to play the song last season, because many listeners thought the lyrics of promoted date rape.

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