Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Kennedy Center Honors 2015
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You know, I’m usually hard as hell on ReRe because I don’t always think she does her legendary status justice. But after this performance, I take back everything I’ve ever said about her (well, most of it). Because her slayage level in this performance was incredible. Ah-may-zing!!! Let me tell you that when Soror/Auntie/Mother ReRe stepped out there in her fabulous floor-length mink, swished it AND her gown to the left, and sat her sparkly purse on down on that pyana (not piano…pyana), I knew ish was about to get really, really real. And honey chile, Mother did NOT disappoint. Whew!!! I honestly don’t know what my most favorite thing is about this performance - Carole King going into total fangirl mode from the first note and never stopping; President Obama wiping away a tear at the pure electricity of the moment, then trying (and failing) to keep his inner fanboy in check; Usher low key peeping Carole King losing her ish in the balcony above him; Rosie Perez and Gina Rodriguez singing along; or Viola Davis about to fly out of the balcony in pure musical ecstasy once ReRe steps from behind the pyana and takes it up yet another notch. There really isn’t any performer who is the heir apparent to James Brown and his famous cape/cloak drop, but just like the true diva she is, Soror/Auntie/Mother ReRe has incorporated that move into her repertoire and taken it to a whole nutha level. This is the stuff legends are made of. Brava, Aretha. Brava.
And for you Scandal fans - peep Kerry at the end of the video in the audience…