Singing superstar Aretha Franklin reduced Barack Obama to tears when she performed her hit A Natural Women at the Kennedy Center Honors, which took place in Washington D.C. The president was seen wiping away tears as the singer performed the song in honour of Carole King, one of the 2015 Kennedy Center honourees.
During the TV airing of the awards ceremony, which took place on 6 December, the president is seen getting emotional as the soul singer begins to perform one of her most famous hits. The singer matched her incredible performance with an equally stunning outfit. The 73-year-old looked lovely in a shimmering gold dress adorned with gold sequins and a floor length fur coat.
The president was brought to tears by the emotional performance
The audience, which included film director George Lucas and actresses Rosie Perez and Gina Rodriguez, gave the singer a standing ovation as she belted out the final notes of the song. The evening also included tributes by Kerry Washington, Martin Scorcese and Steven Spielberg.
It was no doubt an enjoyable evening for Barack and his wife Michelle, who have often spoken out about their love of music. In August of last year, the White House announced that Barack had begun using the online music streaming service Spotify, and had put together the first inaugural playlist.
Aretha performed at the Kennedy Center Honors to pay tribute to Carole King
The head of state separated his favourite music into two lists; one dedicated to music he likes to listen to during the day, and the other, music he plays to unwind at night. The daytime playlist features classic songs such as The Temptations’s Aint Too Proud to Beg and Nina Simone’s Feeling Good, as well as some more modern tunes such as Justin Timberlake’s Pusher Love Girl.