Aretha Franklin Nails Adele Cover on 'Late Show' -- But What's Up with Cissy Houston?

by Jackie Willis 8:05 AM PDT, October 01, 2014
Photo: CBS

Could backup singer Cissy Houston look any less thrilled? While Aretha Franklin was giving it her all on Monday's Late Show with David Letterman, Whitney Houston's 81-year-old mother--who was in Aretha's camera shot-- appeared to be bored with the whole performance.

That being said, if there was ever any doubt that the 72-year-old Queen of Soul couldn't pull off a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," she put minds at ease with this riveting performance on the late-night CBS program --and then ended it by going into "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

Meanwhile, Cissy couldn't be bothered, and looked like she was stumbling over the lyrics a bit.

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The Twitterverse has been having lots of fun with Cissy's facial expressions from the Late Show, and here's a few of our favorite posts.

Aretha's "Rolling in the Deep" cover will be featured on her upcoming album Aretha Franklin Takes on the Great Diva Classics -- to be released Oct. 21.

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