Watch: Janelle Monae & Aretha Franklin Perform At ‘Kennedy Center Honors’

Published: Wednesday 30th Dec 2015 by Rashad
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The 38th annual ‘Kennedy Center Honors, hosted by Stephen Colbert, aired last night on CBS after being taped earlier this month at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Honoring a group musicians, singers, playwrights, actors, and more whose lifelong contributions have greatly impacted their respective fields, last night’s honorees – Carole King, George Lucas, Ciccely Tyson, etc.- were serenaded by some of the days best movers and shakers (see:  Janelle Monae, Sara Bareilles, and more).

But, as if their show-stopping performances weren’t enough, leave it to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to really show ’em how it’s done.  Even moving President Obama to tears with her soul-stirring rendition of the 1967 classic, ‘Natural Woman,’ tuck in below to recap this and some of the night’s best performances:

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    Click the pic below to see the full show (see Janelle Monae at the 01:14:00 mark) janelle monae kennedy center thatgrapejuice

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  1. LB December 30, 2015

    OMG Aretha slayed my entire existence with that natural woman performance. Lovely, absolutely lovely.

  2. LB December 30, 2015

    I cannot wait for the Legends Panel to hit me up with a Re-remix though.

  3. Remind! December 30, 2015


    Ms. Franklin just came, SANG THE SH1T OUT THE DAMN SONG, and left.


    The shady heifer is just a the undisputed QUEEN of SOUL.

  4. stan December 30, 2015

    carole king is so excited to see all those performers, it’s adorable

  5. Christina Aguilera December 30, 2015

    Aretha did her thing… she was so awsome even with that age so so much presence… #QueenOfSoul

  6. Fancy BISH December 30, 2015

    Miss Aretha Louise Legend Franklin slayed my whole life last night with her Natural Woman performance…truly the Queen Of Soul…when she took off her fur coat and sang for the Gods…sang to the heavens…sang like she wanted the last good piece of chicken on Earth…she blew off my last good wig…lol…I am forever wigless…thank you, the beautiful Miss Aretha! 🙂

  7. another taken day something ain’t wrong December 31, 2015


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