Aretha Franklin moves Obama to tears during surprise Kennedy Center Honors performance

Aretha Franklin’s surprise appearance at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which aired Tuesday night on CBS, left even President Barack Obama in tears. This year’s ceremony honoured Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa and Cicely Tyson.

But it was Franklin who stole the show, singing her 1967 single “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” and dedicating the performance to co-writer Carole King, who received an award for her contribution to music.

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