Aretha Franklin Delivers Powerful Rendition of ‘Natural Woman’ [VIDEO]
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Aretha Franklin wowed audiences at the Kennedy Center Honors, which aired on CBS on Tuesday (Dec. 29th). The Queen of Soul slayed her classic song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” in tribute to Carole King who penned the ballad.
President Obama was in attendance and was moved to tears by Franklin’s powerful vocal performance. Donning a gorgeous fur coat, Franklin took to the piano for her rendition of the song as the crowd was awestruck.
Along with the President, his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, was in attendance as well as music mogul Clive Davis. As Franklin tickled the ivories she was accompanied by four back up singers to make the song reach heavenly heights.
Halfway through the song, the veteran songbird moves from the piano to center stage where she drops the fur and truly belts it out. This move brought the crowd to their feet. It’s a truly moving moment.
Other honorees for the evening included George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson and Seiji Ozawa. Thankfully, they left the singing to the pros. Janelle Monae, James Taylor, and Sara Bareilles also performed at the ceremony.
Check out Aretha Franklin’s superb performance in the video above.