Watch Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, & More Perform At The Kennedy Center Honors
Last night CBS aired the Kennedy Center Honors, and it was singer-songwriter Carole King’s night. Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, Miranda Lambert, and the cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, among others, paid tribute to King at the Kennedy Center in DC. While the evening belonged to King, Franklin was a show stopper, as she has been for over five decades. Wearing the hell out of a floor-length fur coat, Franklin sat at the piano and belted out a rendition of the King-penned “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” that left the crowd stunned. Lambert also gave a subtle but stirring performance of the Eagles’ “Desperado.” (That band was scheduled to be honored as well, but did not appear due to a member becoming ill at the last minute.) Other notable performers of King-inked songs included Sara Bareilles (“You’ve Got a Friend”), Janelle Monae (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “One Fine Day”), and James Taylor (“Up On The Roof”). CeCe Winans also payed tribute to actress Cicely Tyson with an alluring version of “Blessed Assurance.” Check out the performances below.