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Kelly sings the viral song “Shoes”

YouTube sensation Kelly performs in Los Angeles, California in 2006. On Sunday, Kelly performed at a Pride event in LA to perform her viral song “Shoes.” Photo credit: Getty Images – 2006 Getty Images

IIf you were online in the mid-2000s, when YouTube exploded in popularity, you're probably familiar with Kelly. The character, created and portrayed by actor Liam Kyle Sullivan, went viral in 2006 with the song and video “Shoes.”

In it, Kelly goes on a quest to find a pair of shoes after receiving a disappointing birthday present from her parents. We hear her monotone but enthusiastic opinions on which shoes are “awesome” and which are “sucks.” The original video has now been viewed over 69 million times and Kelly became a popular recurring character in popular videos of the time, such as “Text Message Breakup” and “Let Me Borrow That Top.”

Eighteen years later, Kelly sang “Shoes” at a Pride event in Los Angeles on Sunday – and the crowd's reaction showed she is not forgotten. The unexpected performance went viral, with videos of the event spreading online and being viewed millions of times – a testament to the lasting impact of Kelly and her hilarious, unforgettable song.

One TikTok creator's performance upload alone garnered over two million views, while another video on X garnered over five million.

At Monday's performance, the crowd can be heard welcoming Kelly to the stage with lively applause, and she takes a second to enjoy the moment. The collective joy is palpable from the moment she says the first line: “Shoes.”

“This is pride,” read one comment on TikTok. Others recalled seeing the iconic video at a young age and shared that it was the first viral video they can remember. “I don't think people really understand the cultural impact this had,” wrote one person on X.

Kelly's performance after all these years shows how much staying power great, original content has. “Shoes” will always live on.

Write to Moises Mendez II at [email protected].