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Aretha Franklin Brings House Down with 'Natural Woman' at Kennedy Center Honors! (Video)

Aretha Franklin Brings House Down with 'Natural Woman' at Kennedy Center Honors! (Video)

Aretha Franklin belts out a song while on stage for the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, which aired on Tuesday (December 29).

The legendary singer performed the song “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” in a tribute to singer-songwriter Carole King, who was one of the evening’s five honorees.

“Natural Woman” is one of the many hit songs that Carole wrote for other artists. She looked ecstatic to see Aretha sing it for her!

When Aretha walked out on stage, she still had her clutch in hand and she placed it on the piano before accompanying herself on the keys. She eventually got a standing ovation in the middle of the song for her amazing performance, which you can watch below.

See more photos from the Carole King tribute in the photo gallery!

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  • Koos

    this appears to be very fruitful.

  • Esmeralda

    OMG when is this going to air

  • muscleinabmw

    And THIS is exactly why ARETHA FRANKLIN is the QUEEN OF SOUL. She saaaaaaang that dayyyuuumm song! ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!!!!

  • Lisa

    IT WAS FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! And to see Carole King tickled more than anyone was just so cool!! :)

  • namers

    Absotively!

  • namers

    Carol is the best! Loved it!

  • AngryGermanDude

    Even the appearance of George Lucas wasn’t able to ruin that moment for me.

  • esty

    aretha franklin…the best, but about the fur? is true fur of animals?

  • http://bearditorium.tumblr.com/archive JalapeñoBusiness

    America’s black grandma arrives, like a boss and with her purse, and brings down the house!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    That was simply AWESOME!!! Two giant REAL divas, Carol King and Aretha Franklin created one incredible music legacy!!! Loved all the honoree presentations, the best Kennedy Center Honors in a long-time! I love this show and the Tony’s because it’s not about social media, popularity or rabid fans voting, but well-earned and deserved honors beautifully given and received!

  • 66pugs99

    It aired last night. I think there’s a replay on PBS soon.

  • Willber Willberforce

    OMG she is and always will be AMAZING – the pain and soul she transmit is unforgiving. (Could have done without the backing singers)

  • dandy don

    There is, and always will be, only one Aretha Franklin.

  • dalovelee

    And this is how a genuine artist grand dame slays!

  • parisjok dean

    shut up

  • JewelThompson

    Right? LOL

  • JewelThompson

    She rarely performs without her backup singers. I just focus on her.

  • Willber Willberforce

    Lol I was trying too but they kept getting in the way.

  • t_99

    A forceful performance from a woman who is 73! She has more talent in her pinkie toe nail than most current day, pop performers will ever have on their life time!

  • DinIndy

    Came out like a Queen, busted out that piano and her voice was perfect. And then she took off her mink and brought down the m-f’in HOUSE. Just in case you forgot who the DIVA was! And Carole King was adorable, freaking out like it was the best present ever. Which it was.

  • DinIndy
  • toastie postie

    Got teary eyed watching that. Yes, the only and only Queen.

  • toastie postie

    Amazing. Sadly some singers lose their beautiful voices. Mot the Queen. What a wonderful Christmas present for Carole King!

  • toastie postie

    Love the clutch. What a Natural Woman!!!

  • toastie postie

    Yes. Having to zip my lips on that one. Only for her though. (シ_ _)シ I bow to a Natural Woman and Wonder.

  • toastie postie

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww.

  • Julie Lynn Collins

    Oh, God. Give it a rest, already. Everybody in the audience was probably wearing leather shoes and maybe went out for a steak dinner before the event. Who cares?

  • Cynthia Foxe

    lip sync !!!

  • Francesca Simoni

    ok that was UNREAL. every Beyonce, Madonna etc of the world can go hide forever.

  • airh0ps77

    yes!

  • Jim Jersey

    Amazing how totally unnecessary that statement was!

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  • raal

    Truly amazing.

  • al smith

    nothing more natural than fur

  • http://www.facebook.com/marjoke.fladder Marjoke

    Wow wow wow wow wow!!!

  • Karl Andrew Cruz

    just wow

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