Aretha Franklin Makes Barack Obama Cry: See the Stunning Performance

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It's nearly impossible to choose the most memorable Aretha Franklin performance of all-time.

How could you?!?

This is an artist who performed at two Presidential Inaugurations, belting out "My Country Tis of Thee" in 2009 for Barack Obama and "I Dreamed a Dream" for Bill Clinton in 1993.

There was also her classic "Think" cameo in the beloved film The Blues Brothers.

But a cover that is receiving lots of attention on this sad day, the day Franklin died of cancer, is the version of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.


Franklin took to this stage as part of a tribute to Carole King, who was in attendance, along with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

As you can see in the video featured on this page, the number opens with the legendary artist in a floor-length fur coat, sitting down at the piano as the voice many believe to be the greatest in history reverberates around the hall.

Just a few lines into the song, the camera cuts to President Obama...

... who wipes a tear away from his eye.


Franklin eventually rises and stands in the middle of the stage, getting into the track's conclusion like only she can, as King cheers and screams in awe from the crowd and Aretha is given a standing ovation before she's even finished.

It's a mesmerizing performance.

It tells you almost all you need to know about the first female ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the person Rolling Stone once named the greatest singer of all-time.

This is how celebrities around the world are reacting to Aretha's passing...

... and this is what Franklin sounded like even at the age of 73.

Listen to the footage featured here now.

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