Aretha Franklin brings President Obama to tears at 2015 Kennedy Center Honors – watch

Singer performs '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' for Carole King at Washington event

Footage of Aretha Franklin performing in front of President Obama has surfaced online.

The singer recently appeared at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors during the ceremony’s tribute to Carole King. Franklin performed that 1967 single ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’, which King co-wrote, at the event in Washington DC. You can view the performance below.


The event, which brought Obama to tears, featured an all-star tribute that included solo songs penned both by King and her late husband Gerry Goffin. Sara Bareilles sang ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, the ‘Tapestry’ track that turned into a James Taylor hit single.

Taylor himself played ‘Up On The Roof’ during the King tribute and Janelle Monae covered both ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘One Fine Day’ (The Chiffons). The Eagles were originally due to be honoured at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, but Glenn Frey’s intestinal surgery forced the group to postpone until 2016.

Franklin was previously an honoree at the event in 1994. The singer was granted an injunction against the premiere of the movie Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, on the basis that the film violates her right to name and likeness and invades her privacy.

Directed by Sydney Pollack, the movie is based around recordings made in 1972, when the director spent two days filming Franklin as she recorded the album of the same title. 

Franklin’s lawsuit claims that around 80 per cent of the film centres on images from the recording of the album ‘Amazing Grace’, and an injunction has been granted on the basis that the suit is likely to succeed.

She had also successfully prevented a previous release of the film in 2011.