Not that anyone ever thought Aretha Franklin had lost it, but when the diva supreme took the stage at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors and performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” -- her tribute to the song’s co-writer and one of the evening's honorees, Carole King -- there was not a person in the audience left unmoved.
We defy you to watch it now and not be moved:
Who was feeling it most? Probably President Barack Obama, who many have claimed was wiping away tears as Aretha belted out those first few notes:
But he seemed cool as a cucumber -- albeit a cucumber very much enjoying Aretha’s performance -- mere moments later. Moved, but not quite to tears.
So, scratch that. Probably Carole King herself, who seemed like she could not believe that Aretha was performing for her:
Like, seriously loooooooosing her miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind over the performance.
But scratch that again -- because NO ONE liked it more than Viola Davis:
Speaking of Davis, find out what Oprah sends you when you win an EMMY: