Not a dry eye in the house! Aretha Franklin brings President Obama to tears with moving rendition of ‘A Natural Woman’
She is a consummate professional who knows how to put on an amazing performance.
And Aretha Franklin even managed to make President Obama cry when she belted out her classic ‘A Natural Woman.’
The 73-year-old singer was making an appearance at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C – the ceremony aired on Tuesday but actually took place on December 6.
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She’s got soul! Aretha Franklin brought one of the world’s most important people to tears when she sang at The Kennedy Center Honors – the ceremony took place on Dec 6 but was aired on Tuesday
Her emotional performance saw the President appear to shed a tear – he was seen wiping his eye as she belted out the classic.
She sang ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ in tribute to singer and songwriter, Carole King, one of the evening’s recipients.
Meanwhile his wife Michelle looked enthralled as she listened to the music.
Emotional: President Barack Obama appeared to shed a tear at her performance
Visibly moved: The Queen of Soul was singing (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Impressive: The President wasn’t the only person in the audience to be wowed by Aretha’s vocals
Enjoyment: The First Lady also appeared to be loving the rendition
Carole and many of the other guests were beside themselves when they saw Aretha take to the stage.
Aretha wore a full length fur coat and as she took to the stage, placed her clutch purse on the piano as she prepared to perform.
As the Queen of Soul sat down, Carole gasped in shock and surprise, and the whole audience erupted, many smiling with delight.
Professional: Aretha took to the stage and placing her clutch on the piano sat down to perform
Hitting the high notes: When it came to the finale she took off her full-length fur
Diva: Her powerful vocals stunned the delighted audience
Always live: The 73-year-old still has what it takes to be a soul great
George Lucas, Rosie Perez and Gina Rodriguez who were also at the event, were clearly enjoying the show.
Carole could be seen clutching at her chest in amazement, on the verge of tears at having the musical icon sing the tribute.
She was truly stunned and looked beside herself at the honour, smiling and singing along, beaming with happiness.
Wowed: Songwriter Carole King, who was being honored by the performance was amazed and delighted to have Aretha sing the song for her
The camera caught The President and First Lady singing along.
As Aretha prepared for the finale she stood up and took off her full length fur, ready to sing the high notes.
She brought the house down, the audience standing to their feet, and was almost drowned out by the cheers and screams of appreciation.
The icon’s next performance is on January 1 at The Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Famous faces: George Lucas was also delighted by the performance
Appreciation: Aretha was given a standing ovation