Aretha Franklin Kills It at Kennedy Center Honors
Not many can claim to be at the top of their game at 74 unless you’re Aretha Franklin of course. Last night her performance at the Kennedy Center Honors should have won an award for best voice of the year.
The Kennedy Center Honors, which recognize “the extraordinary and unparalleled talents of individuals whose impact and genius have left an indelible mark on civilization,” were held December 6 but aired last night on CBS. Director George Lucas, actress Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, actress Cicely Tyson and singer Carol King were honored. It was Franklin’s powerful performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman,” that gave the crowd monster goosebumps. The tune written by King, Gerry Goffin and Jerry Wexler was first recorded by Franklin in 1967 and has become one of her signature tunes.
Also President Obama was spotted wiping a tear from his eyes while watching Franklin perform, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”
Franklin received the Kennedy honor in 1994.
Just watch the video!!! – by John Beaudin