US President Barack Obama has been moved to tears by a performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin during the annual Kennedy Center Honours ceremony in Washington DC.
The powerful performance took place on 6 December during a segment dedicated to Carole King, who co-wrote the 1968 hit, and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying Franklin’s rendition, singing along and pumping the air in joy.
Obama was seen wiping away a tear as Franklin sat down at the piano, before later removing her full-length fur coat diva-style during the song’s climax.
Unsurprisingly, the 73-year-old received a standing ovation and Obama can be seen giving her a look of serious R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
King was one of the 2015 recipients, alongside George Lucas, Cicely Tyson, Rita Moreno and Seiji Ozawa.
Another notable performance came from Miranda Lambert, who sung “Desperado” in tribute to Eagles who were unable to take part due to founding member Glenn Frey’s health. The band are expected to attend the ceremony and accept an award next year instead.
The Kennedy Center Honours ceremony was broadcast on Tuesday night on CBS.
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