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Mariska Hargitay Gets Honored at Elly Awards For Work With The Joyful Heart Foundation

Mariska Hargitay received a big honor at the Elly Awards!

The 53-year-old actress, as well as Carole King, stepped out at the annual award ceremony on Monday (June 19) at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The event, hosted by the Women’s Forum, honors outstanding women leaders and benefits their Education Fund.

The Women’s Forum Education Fund helps women over age 35, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity, complete their college degrees.

During the ceremony, Mariska was given a special award for her work in entertainment and as an advocate and founder of The Joyful Heart Foundation.

The Joyful Heart Foundation has become a leading national organization working to transform society’s response sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse as well as support survivor’s healing.

Congratulations Mariska!

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Carole King Drops 'One Small Voice,' Song She Wrote in 1982!

Carole King has just released a song called “One Small Voice” that she wrote in 1982, but is first making public 35 years later.

The legendary singer-songwriter explained in a HuffPo op-ed piece that she was inspired to release the song after the Women’s March.

“I wrote the words and music for the song ‘One Small Voice’ in 1982. More than two decades later I re-recorded it because I wanted a version without synthesizers. I had forgotten about the second recording until January 20, 2017,” Carole wrote. “On January 21, 2017 men, women, and children of all ages with a variety of political views marched peacefully in ‘Women’s Marches’ on seven continents around the world. I marched in a snowstorm in Stanley, Idaho (pop. 63) with 29 other people comprising half the town. I carried a handmade sign that said ‘One Small Voice’ because I’ve never stopped believing that one small voice plus millions of other small voices is exactly how we change the world.”

“I’m making the updated recording of ‘One Small Voice’ available to everyone because it will take the strength and persistence of many small voices to overcome the lies of the loudest voice with our message of truth, dignity, and decency,” she added.


One Small Voice – Carole King

Carole King Sings 'You've Got a Friend' at DNC 2016 (Video)

Carole King hits the stage for a performance during the fourth day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on Thursday (July 28) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn.

The legendary singer-songwriter performed her song “You’ve Got a Friend” and incorporated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her former opponent Bernie Sanders into the lyrics!

Carole has been a friend of Hillary‘s since 1992 and she opened up to CNN about the politician.

“What they don’t see is how she puts one foot in front of the other and keeps going to achieve what she’s trying to achieve,” Carole said. “Not for herself, but for the people she’s trying to achieve it for.”


Watch Carole King perform ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
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Sara Bareilles & Jessie Mueller Rep 'Waitress' at Tony Awards 2016 with Keri Russell!

Sara Bareilles looks lovely while walking the red carpet at the 2016 Tony Awards held at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday (June 12) in New York City.

The 36-year-old singer was joined at the event by Jessie Mueller, the star of her Broadway musical Waitress, and Keri Russell, who starred in the film version.

Also in attendance was the show’s other star Christopher Fitzgerald with his wife Jessica Stone.

Sara is nominated tonight for Best Original Score for writing the music and lyrics while Jessie and Christopher are both nominated for their acting work. Keri will be presenting during the show.

Carole King, who Jessie played in the Broadway musical Beautiful and who Sara sang with at a recent Tony Awards, also hit the red carpet!

FYI: Sara is wearing a Gomez-Gracia gown. Keri is wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, an Emm Kuo bag, and Jacob & Co. jewelry. Christopher is wearing a Doyle & Mueser bespoke suit. Jessica is wearing a Self-Portrait dress.

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Sara Bareilles & Others Give 'Beautiful' Tribute to Carole King at Kennedy Center Honors (Video)

Sara Bareilles hits the stage to perform during a tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter Carole King during the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, which aired on Tuesday (December 29).

The 36-year-old singer performed the classic song “You’ve Got a Friend” for a joyous Carole.

Janelle Monae performed “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “One Fine Day,” James Taylor sang “Up on the Roof,” and Aretha Franklin stopped the show with “Natural Woman.”

The stars of Broadway’s Beautiful the MusicalChilina Kennedy and Scott J. Campbell – narrated the tribute and also sang “So Far Away.”

Make sure to watch Aretha‘s amazing performance of “Natural Woman” when you finish this video!

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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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Kennedy Center Honorees 2015 - Meet the Five Legends!

With just a few hours left until the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors special airs, let’s take some time to meet the five legendary artists being honored tonight.

Here are the five stars who will get tributes:

  • Rita Moreno – Actress and singer who is one of the 12 people to have earned an EGOT – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She is best known for her work in the film West Side Story, the Broadway play The Ritz, and her new role on Jane the Virgin.
  • George Lucas – Renowned filmmaker and National Medal of Arts winner who created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. He founded Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic, two of the most groundbreaking film companies. His wife Mellody Hobson will make a special tribute to him tonight!
  • Seiji Ozawa – Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning conductor known for advocating for modern composers.
  • Carole King – Four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has written some of music’s biggest hits like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman,” as well as her own hits like “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Beautiful.”
  • Cicely Tyson – Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning, and Tony-winning actress who is best known for her work in the television movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, the miniseries Roots, the movie The Help, and Broadway plays such as The Trip to Bountiful.

Make sure to check out the full list of presenters and performers for the special and tune in at 9/8c on CBS!

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