Watch this: Aretha Franklin stole the Kennedy Center Honors last night singing Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman.” Wow. The show was very well produced by the new team of Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, who took over for George Stevens Jr. after 37 years. Kirshner must have been very happy since his dad, the late great Donnie Kirshner, was the music publisher who gave Goffin and King their careers.
Trivia: Seiji Ozawa was honored for his years at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. John Williams — composer of the “Star Wars” music– succeeded him at the BSO. Weirdest thing of the night: Miranda Lambert singing the Eagles “Desperado” for no reason. The Eagles were supposed to have been honored but bowed out because of Glenn Frey needing surgery. There was no explanation. Huh?
But here is the Queen of Soul in all her glory. This sublime performance is absolutely historic and amazing.