Saturday, June 15, 2024

Aretha Franklin Steals Kennedy Center Honors TV Show with “Natural Woman”


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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