December 30, 2015


Watch Aretha Franklin Honor Carole King, Get President Obama Misty-Eyed

Back on Dec. 6, the 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors celebrated, among others, O.G. singer-songwriter Carole King. Paying musical tribute to her were Janelle Monáe, longtime collaborator James TaylorSara Bareilles and performers from Broadway's Beautiful.

Plus Aretha Franklin. Who gave everyone a totally unnecessary but amazingly powerful reminder of why she's the queen of soul with a piano-and-fur-coat rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman." Disagree and Carole King will knock you out.

Hard to tell what's the most moving about this video: Franklin's performance, Carole King acting like the fan who's never seen her favorite act play and is now seeing that act bring out her all-time favorite song as the finale...or President Barack Obama wiping away a tear less than a minute into the tune. Of course the Prez could easily say "I just had something in my eye," but since when did that explanation ever fly?

Scandal and Django Unchained star Kerry Washington was also there, you'll notice in the video, and tweeted last night that it was "life changing," which, yeah, we believe it: