Sara Bareilles, Janelle Monae and James Taylor also performed to honor Carole King.
Aretha Franklin flooded The Kennedy Center Honors with emotion when she sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to honor songwriter Carole King.
King, who penned the song that was a massive hit for Franklin in 1967, also saw tribute performances from Sara Bareilles (“You’ve Got a Friend”), Janelle Monae (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “One Fine Day”), James Taylor (“Up On The Roof”) and the cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Miranda Lambert covered the Eagles’ “Desperado” (they were slated to perform, but cancelled after one of the band members fell ill before the event).
Franklin’s performance brought a tear to President Obama’s eye during the special that aired on CBS Tuesday night (Dec. 29). By the time she stepped away from the piano and dropped her fur coat, the audience was giving Franklin a standing ovation.
Check out the performances below.