Aretha Franklin brought Carole King to her knees and President Obama to tears during an entrancing live performance of “Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The show was taped on December 6 and aired last night on CBS.
The 73-year-old soul goddess proved her pipes are timeless, belting the lyrics just as she did back in 1968. Toward the middle of the song, she rose from the piano she’d been playing to take center stage and hit the high notes, ripping off her full-length fur in the way only a legend could.
Franklin performed the iconic song as a tribute to singer-songwriter Carole King, who was totally freaking out in the audience as soon as Franklin opened her mouth.
King was one of the evening’s five honorees alongside filmmaker George Lucas, actress Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress Cicely Tyson.
She may not be a great audience member, but damn it, this woman is an absolute treasure on stage!