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December 30, 2015 8:32 AM   Subscribe

Aretha Franklin wows at the Kennedy Center Honors (SLYT) If you think the Queen of Soul has lost a step or two, let this two-minute video from the recent Kennedy Center Honors prove you wrong. The best part? As one Facebook poster declared, 'Mother was like "lemme slide through, put my purse down, keep my fur on and slay this real quick.'

Obama cries. Carole King is apoplectic. George Lucas is a statue. The crowd goes wild. And in two minutes, a brilliant artist effortlessly redefines a sadly run-down song for a new generation.
posted by nkknkk (85 comments total) 81 users marked this as a favorite
 
Strong men also cry. Strong. Men. Also. Cry.
posted by Bob Regular at 8:36 AM on December 30, 2015 [29 favorites]


Jesus Christ.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:38 AM on December 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


This is when I finally get to say

YAAS QUEEN
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:41 AM on December 30, 2015 [26 favorites]


HOly shit.
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:42 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


SHIT YES LADY

Anyone know where I can find the full show? I can't believe I forgot it was on last night.
posted by chonus at 8:45 AM on December 30, 2015


Events in Kennedy Center are always the best of the best.
posted by jeanfrancois248 at 8:46 AM on December 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Answering my own question: the entire program can be viewed at the CBS website here. Feel free to ask a mod to add the link to the FPP.
posted by chonus at 8:47 AM on December 30, 2015


Supposedly you can watch the whole thing here via CBS. Can't vouch for quality or completeness, though. http://www.cbs.com/shows/kennedy_center_honors/video/. Check your local PBS station to see if they will be re-airing it. Or, what chonus said.
posted by nkknkk at 8:47 AM on December 30, 2015


it was just amazing to see carole king's unbridled joy. i thought she was looking for a way to jump off that balcony at the end and rush the stage.
posted by nadawi at 8:48 AM on December 30, 2015 [16 favorites]


Fantastic, the sight of an entire audience collectively losing its shit.

And I am going to really miss the Obamas in the White House. They are so cool.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:49 AM on December 30, 2015 [22 favorites]


LOVED hearing how wonderful she's sounding but jesus christ, could they have squeezed in a few more audience reaction shots? It was like watching American Idol.
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:53 AM on December 30, 2015 [12 favorites]


The whole event, which aired last night, was a joy. I love the Kennedy Centers Honors so much, and I know this is a ridiculous thing to say looking down the barrel of a possible Trump presidency, but I think I'll miss the Obamas as the audience surrogates in this role more than anything else next year. I'm considering drafting a letter to Caroline Kennedy asking them to hold the role for life.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:54 AM on December 30, 2015 [23 favorites]


Wow. Just wow.
That made me teary and everyone knows that I am a rock.*

*not rock.
posted by djeo at 8:54 AM on December 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I can't wait for this to be available on anywhere but CBS's horrible shitshow of a website.

I just watched the Aretha Franklin video and was coming here to post it!

Also, have you ever seen a first couple enjoying any show with the enthusiasm of the Obamas? I second that request to holding that position for them.
posted by numaner at 8:56 AM on December 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


That was truly wonderful, thank you.

Being ignorant, I only knew that song from Tapestry - turns out Carole King originally wrote it specifically for Aretha Franklin.
posted by motty at 8:57 AM on December 30, 2015 [10 favorites]


Gah. I just wish one of those people had given Carole King the hug or the clasped hands or the whatever physical contact she just kept looking for to reassure her that yes, this is real, and it's awesome, and thank you.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:58 AM on December 30, 2015 [19 favorites]


Well, shitgoddam. I'm glad I got to see that. I imagine it will break YouTube before too long. Galactic Empress of Soul.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 8:59 AM on December 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


I love how Ms. King projects no sense that any of these people are here for her. SHE is there for them.

I love how Obama wants to sing along but knows he can't (on camera).

Is that an Obama daughter (in the pink sash to the right of the President) dancing in the balcony? (I honestly can't tell and apologize if it is someone I should know.)

I love how Aretha knows this is a Gospel song of praise.

I love her totally impractical dress and coat. I love the way she casts the coat to the floor.

Moment of glory, indeed.
posted by anastasiav at 9:01 AM on December 30, 2015 [11 favorites]


MCMikeNamara thanks for those links! <3 JANELLE
posted by numaner at 9:02 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


There was a point in the Carole King tribute where there are intro bits by the actors from Beautiful - the musical about her life - where King is giving even more details about what's being said on stage to Michelle Obama and I've never wanted someone to have a microphone on them more in my whole life.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:02 AM on December 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'll have what Carole King's having.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:04 AM on December 30, 2015 [20 favorites]


As an aside, I've worked with her several times, and the AC in the venue is always turned off hours before she is to perform. With a studio full of lights, it's not hard to get the temp up to the mid 80s or low 90s quickly, especially in August (last time I worked with her). She likes it really, really warm. I would imagine the Kennedy Center didn't accommodate her what with the POTUS and all, thus the coat.
posted by nevercalm at 9:04 AM on December 30, 2015 [20 favorites]


Is that an Obama daughter (in the pink sash to the right of the President) dancing in the balcony? (I honestly can't tell and apologize if it is someone I should know.)

That's Viola Davis, star of How to Get Away with Murder. Her skirt is pink; no sash. They only showed her briefly being ecstatic near the end of the video, but if you go back and look at shots of President Obama from earlier and match it up it's her to his left/our right.
posted by numaner at 9:08 AM on December 30, 2015


All teared up now, I'll have for prepare for pressing the link to the whole show...
posted by mumimor at 9:08 AM on December 30, 2015


That's Viola Davis, star of How to Get Away with Murder.

Thank you. I can't get to the entire thing because CBS doesn't like my Ad Blocker. I assumed it was family because of where she was seated.
posted by anastasiav at 9:11 AM on December 30, 2015


That this show wasn't live, meaning that CBS has known this performance existed since December 6th, and did not prepare their own version of it for YouTube, is such a failure in social media planning that someone should be fired, and I'm not really being hyperbolic. I know they are probably forever hoping to drive people to their site, but still.

King's "You Make The Earth Move" sung by those who tributed here)

I'd like to apologize for this title mistake; I just got so excited even reliving this. But here's a Baby Mike story to make up for it. When I was a kid, my best friend and I used to "play radio station" which was essentially us using a tape record to tape intros to records and also fake news and commercials.

Being children of the 70s, Tapestry was in the record collections we'd use. And more than once, we'd play "I Feel The Earth Move" and then there'd be an earthquake in the studio and we'd break to live coverage of the aftermath. Because of it always triggering this memory, it was only very recently that I realized that this song is sexy as hell.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:17 AM on December 30, 2015 [8 favorites]


This. This is singing, kids. This is soul.
posted by entropicamericana at 9:20 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


The entire show is definitely worth watching. When the show starts with Gina Rodriguez crying tears to Rita Moreno you know you're in for a good time.
posted by missmary6 at 9:21 AM on December 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I can't get to the entire thing because CBS doesn't like my Ad Blocker.
did not prepare their own version of it for YouTube, is such a failure in social media planning that someone should be fired, and I'm not really being hyperbolic

CBS is one of those places that uses new technology in bad ways and doesn't know how to connect with people. People like me who uses Ad Blockers religiously are a minority on the internet, and to punish them for using the internet how they want is a bad move, because we're the same ones who will go out of our way to find a way to watch something without ads. So now they're not only not getting the page views, they're also encouraging me to seek less-than-legal ways to see their content. On top of that, seems like each show over their have their own social media team, and while Colbert's and Corden's shows have great youtube channels with extended interviews and internet-only videos, everything else is the wild west.

Sorry for the rant but man, screw CBS.
posted by numaner at 9:24 AM on December 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


I love how Obama wants to sing along but knows he can't (on camera).

That made me feel really bad for him! Like, he just wants to participate in the moment and sing along, like EVERYONE else in the house is doing, to this glorious rendition of this lovely song--

--and you can see the exact moment at which he realises that if he's seen on TV singing along, the right wing is going to be all "Haha! Obama feels like a natural woman! We believe women to be inferior, and therefore we find this funny!"

One day, we will live in an America where men and women and people of all genders can identify publicly with each other's emotions and express that without fear. Meanwhile, I hope Barack and Michelle sang this in the car on the way home at the top of their lungs.
posted by Pallas Athena at 9:27 AM on December 30, 2015 [37 favorites]


this made me say "oh gotDAMN" out loud in a very quiet office, but it was worth it because then I got to show it to other people. and now we all have chills. i'd like to bundle up all the YAAAASS QUEEEEEN in the world and send it in a big box to Ms. Franklin's house.
posted by palomar at 9:27 AM on December 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


I love how Obama wants to sing along but knows he can't (on camera).

Wait I definitely saw him start singing! He probably kept going but was too broken up to mouth his words! Y'all know he doesn't care anymore. He's been at his most dgaf this year and I can't imagine he'd restrain himself now.
posted by numaner at 9:30 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


he does sing along for a moment and then stops right before the natural woman line. it very much looked like someone who knew he couldn't sing that line on camera.
posted by nadawi at 9:33 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


I agree with everything said about her performance, because it was stupefyingly great, one for the ages. But I disagree that the song was "sadly run-down." Not sure where that's coming from. Songs like that (and recordings like Aretha's) don't run down; they only get better over time.
posted by blucevalo at 9:35 AM on December 30, 2015 [10 favorites]


Hey 19...
posted by tspae at 9:36 AM on December 30, 2015 [8 favorites]




blucevalo, I think the song had become a bit of a cliche over the years, covered by every female singer with diva aspirations, and as such people (aka myself) had stopped really listening to it. I am thrilled to see it in its glory and showing off its big, gospelly, queenly soul. You are free to disagree of course.
posted by nkknkk at 9:41 AM on December 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


I actually felt really bad for George Lucas. I mean, he created Star Wars AND Indiana Jones AND ILM but I feel like in the back of his mind he knows that all the fans of Star Wars are glad he wasn't in control of TFA. I mean it has already made over a billion dollars. Must be very mixed emotions. He looked so unhappy to be there.

Carrie Fisher was very funny.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 10:00 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


TFW Aretha drops that coat.
posted by palindromic at 10:03 AM on December 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


Aretha is the queen. R-E-S-P-E-C-T indeed.
posted by bluesky43 at 10:11 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


In fairness to Obama, I've had the same should-I-or-shouldn't-I-sing-along conflict in private with Ani DiFranco lyrics.
posted by brett at 10:27 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Carole King is a cultural treasure. It's difficult to overestimate the reach of her work. And she is an electric and captivating live performer, to boot.
posted by j_curiouser at 10:29 AM on December 30, 2015


That was incredible. Thank you for posting it.
posted by ApathyGirl at 10:30 AM on December 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I love how Obama wants to sing along but knows he can't (on camera).

In fact what's hilarious is that President Obama clearly is singing along but then, aware that the camera is (always) on him, he stops himself before letting on that even he, in the moment, feels like a natural woman. It's okay Mr. President. Let it out. It's the end of your second term and they can't touch you. Plus everyone in that whole damn hall feels like that. (Except George Lucas. He still feels like Jar Jar or something.)
posted by The Bellman at 10:30 AM on December 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


George Lucas is, I believe, incredibly self conscious, so we might want to take his somewhat stilted behavior in context with the fact that these sorts of events may make him really uncomfortable. /George Lucas Appreciation Committee Soapbox
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:34 AM on December 30, 2015 [11 favorites]


Me, after YoYoMa's performance: "That's why I once drove across the metro area in a snowstorm to see him." After Aretha's performance: "And that's why, when I've had the chance to meet her I was too in awe to do so."

The KCHonors b'casts are very much a holiday-time tradition for me. This year seemed a particularly moving celebration of the diversity of the arts, and the diversity of America. West Side Story, classical, gospel, Carole. Rita, Cicely, Lin-Manuel, Karen Olivio, Viola Davis ... Really, watch the whole thing. (Cicely Tyson's reactions equalled King's.)

Oh, and fun fact: Seiji Ozawa's dad hauled a piano on a wheelbarrow 350 miles so his son could learn to play.

(As for complaining about ads on the website-oh, jeez, ads pay for shows. I sat thru a million during the b'cast. Just watch them and soak up the show.)
posted by NorthernLite at 10:35 AM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


A few years ago Carole King toured with James Taylor. My wife and her best friend are insane JT fans so once again, me and the BFF's husband got towed to the show (I cannot count the number of times I've seen JT - it's ridiculous). Carole was indeed at the top of her game but there came a point in the show where she sang "Natural Woman" and ye gods. This was the Xcel Center in St Paul MN, a big barn with a crowd of maybe 15-16K. So at least ten thousand middle-aged women rose as one and started belting out that song with all their might. BFF's husband and I just sat there in terror.

CBS is one of those places that uses new technology in bad ways and doesn't know how to connect with people. People like me who uses Ad Blockers religiously are a minority on the internet, and to punish them for using the internet how they want is a bad move, because we're the same ones who will go out of our way to find a way to watch something without ads. So now they're not only not getting the page views, they're also encouraging me to seek less-than-legal ways to see their content.

I am in the choir loft and you just keep right on preaching son. Damn these clumsy content providers. I try to keep off the torrent sites but these SOBs keep sending me there on a regular basis because they can't figure out how to deliver the goods in a reasonable manner.
posted by Ber at 10:36 AM on December 30, 2015


If you haven't watched the whole tribute to Carole, please do so now. It's really quite something.
It's allergies! *sniff* I swear!
posted by ApathyGirl at 10:36 AM on December 30, 2015


Oh boy oh boy oh boy was that amazing. I am astounded.
posted by bz at 11:04 AM on December 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


For those of you having trouble with the CBS link there are ways* to get around that.
PM me for help.

*oh yes, there are ways
posted by djeo at 11:15 AM on December 30, 2015


WOW. that was just so very very amazing. Aretha is flawless and Carole King was just so adorable!!
posted by supermedusa at 11:20 AM on December 30, 2015


Perhaps the only thing the Michigan legislature ever got right was voting Aretha Franklin's voice as one of the states natural resources.
posted by pjsky at 11:34 AM on December 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


2 other outstanding performances by Aretha Franklin that will leave you in tears:

1998 - filling in for Luciana Pavarotti at the Grammys Nessun Dorma

2009 Obama's Inauguration My Country Tis of Thee
posted by pjsky at 11:39 AM on December 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


I'd seen Aretha Franklin sing on TV a few years back and thought she'd lost a step or two. Her range and energy seemed diminished. etc. But, damn, she brings it on this. So, sorry for doubting, Ms. Franklin.

And thanks for posting this. I didn't see the KCH, so this was cool.
posted by the sobsister at 12:00 PM on December 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


2009 Obama's Inauguration My Country Tis of Thee

God damn, look how young everyone is.
posted by anastasiav at 12:15 PM on December 30, 2015


She killed it.

And Carole King is adorable. As in, I adore her.
posted by bearwife at 12:15 PM on December 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


carole king is just like every single one of my jewish mother's girlfriends combined into one human
posted by windbox at 12:18 PM on December 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


Pallas Athena: "--and you can see the exact moment at which he realises that if he's seen on TV singing along, the right wing is going to be all "Haha! Obama feels like a natural woman! We believe women to be inferior, and therefore we find this funny!""

Actually, the reaction that he's probably more worried about is "Daaaaaaad....really? Again? My friends were watching!"
posted by schmod at 12:22 PM on December 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


Actually, the reaction that he's probably more worried about is "Daaaaaaad....really? Again? My friends were watching!"

If only dads were actually swayed by this reasoning.

Citation: my entire childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, including as recently as last week. The man is incorrigible.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:32 PM on December 30, 2015 [7 favorites]


I love reading the comments here because they are just so goddamn wonderful and warm and supportive of one of the truly great renditions of any pop song ever. It makes a lovely change from reading the comments on The Guardian's piece of this. Sheesh, those Brits sure are a negative bunch. Something about a fur coat... you can guess the rest.
posted by vac2003 at 1:05 PM on December 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


If you like opera at all watch that Nessun Dorma link.

Apparently she filled in for Pavarotti with only 22 minutes notice bc he fell ill. She sang the song in his key.

And holy crap wow. I'm no aficionado but I enjoy opera and wow, she has some amazing talent to sing both so freely like with the FPP and to also sing in the controlled manner of opera. I don't know music well enough to know the right terms but I know they're two completely different styles of singing and she's like some kind of super woman.

She should be voted one of country's natural resources not just Michigan's! :)
posted by sio42 at 1:09 PM on December 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


This is making my allergies go just crazy. I've…
hearing it is impressive, but somehow the performance of it, from her playing the piano part at the beginning to standing up and then shedding her coat. So, so so dusty in here. And then just digging into the song and giving it all it needs to fill the hall and then some.
Art is important.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:20 PM on December 30, 2015


I can't believe no one has linked to the more-awesome-in-its-own-special-way version from VH1 Divas a few years back.

From the opening when Carole King thinks she's going to be singing along (sorry, hon - mama's got this) to Aretha vamping all over everyone else's verses (who invited Shania Twain anyway?) to peak Mariah wearing what I think is a full sized springer spaniel on her head to everyone just giving up at the end and letting Aretha take it home singing far past when the band has stopped playing, it's kind of a hilarious alpha-diva performance reminding the rest who's straight up queen of this shit. Oh, and Aretha introduces the backup singers by name and doesn't bother to thank her co-divas. Just full of shade.

Can I share two more non-Aretha moments I've loved from the KCH shows? Here's honoree Dave Brubeck getting one hell of a birthday present, and Beth Hart and Jeff Beck saluting Buddy Guy with "I'd Rather Go Blind." Awesome.
posted by GamblingBlues at 2:08 PM on December 30, 2015 [10 favorites]


"Haha! Obama feels like a natural woman! We believe women to be inferior, and therefore we find this funny!"

Actually, the showed clips earlier of Obama giving the honors directly to the recipients, and in his remarks attendant to presenting King with hers, he said (I'm paraphrasing slightly here), "And now I'm the first sitting president to say 'You make me feel like a natural woman."

I think numamer is right--he wasn't thinking about the right wing, or anybody else but Aretha for the duration here.
posted by layceepee at 2:14 PM on December 30, 2015


sio42: Apparently she filled in for Pavarotti with only 22 minutes notice bc he fell ill. She sang the song in his key.

And holy crap wow. I'm no aficionado but I enjoy opera and wow, she has some amazing talent to sing both so freely like with the FPP and to also sing in the controlled manner of opera. I don't know music well enough to know the right terms but I know they're two completely different styles of singing and she's like some kind of super woman.


I've had the mp3 of this performance since 1998 without ever knowing the back story or having seen the video - I just grabbed it because hey, Aretha doing opera? Hell yes.

My bel canto teachers would go NUTS for this - her mouth is perfect. PERFECT. Her breath control is a little off and she takes a lot of liberties with it (AHEM IT'S ARETHA) but she nails it. Nails it.

22 minutes notice? Never performed with that orchestra before? Wow.

Regarding the original post, I cried through the entire performance and I still don't know why. I always expect Aretha to kill it, and she totally killed it! And yet I cry.
posted by annathea at 2:28 PM on December 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


Someone on twitter: The Mink drop is the new Mic drop.

Perfect.
posted by pjern at 2:36 PM on December 30, 2015 [17 favorites]


They don't call Aretha the Queen of Soul for nothing. This was a wonderful performance, and only Aretha could show up in a mink coat the size of a duvet and cast it to the floor so royally. I loved getting to see her play the piano too.

Carole King is a very emotionally expressive sort of person. I've found her affect more than a bit silly and irritating sometimes in the past when I've seen her in interviews, but it was quite apropos here. Honey, you're being honoured for your life's work in the grandest way imaginable. You just let it all hang out.

Every time I think I can't love Barack and Michelle Obama more, I get to see them rock out at another annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.
posted by orange swan at 2:47 PM on December 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


THANK YOU!!!
posted by mikelieman at 2:52 PM on December 30, 2015


What is that long shiny thing Rita Moreno is wearing on one side of her glasses?! I need one ASAP!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:53 PM on December 30, 2015


I actually felt really bad for George Lucas. I mean, he created Star Wars AND Indiana Jones AND ILM

Yeah, but what has he done for us lately?

I've seen George Lucas in the wild more than a few times. He always looks awkward and unhappy to be wherever he is.
posted by prize bull octorok at 3:58 PM on December 30, 2015


I feel so bad I passed out asleep after Cicely Tyson now.

I felt very sorry for George Lucas as well, because the timing of this smacked of "We'll honor you for Star Wars now that it's literally been taken away from you because now Star Wars is popular again, because of other people." Poor dude knew it, you know?

Gina and Lin-Manuel were just adorable, so adorable.
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:41 PM on December 30, 2015


From the opening when Carole King thinks she's going to be singing along (sorry, hon - mama's got this) to Aretha vamping all over everyone else's verses (who invited Shania Twain anyway?) to peak Mariah wearing what I think is a full sized springer spaniel on her head to everyone just giving up at the end and letting Aretha take it home singing far past when the band has stopped playing, it's kind of a hilarious alpha-diva performance reminding the rest who's straight up queen of this shit.

Well, I have to give Celine Dion some props for letting Aretha know her own vocal acrobatics weren't going to be ignored. I think probably the only other person who could have gotten away with that is Patti LaBelle but there might have been some blood left on the stage when it was over.

...non-Aretha moments...from the KCH shows

I'm still wowed by Heart's performance of Stairway to Heaven at the 2012 KCH.
posted by fuse theorem at 4:45 PM on December 30, 2015 [6 favorites]


Aretha is amazing, and I always get a giggle at Gawker's tribute to her purses. They're her Linus-blankets! Awwwwww. Also, they have a great .gif of her well-practiced mink-drop.

In conclusion, Aretha is amazing.
posted by TwoStride at 5:03 PM on December 30, 2015


One day, we will live in an America where men and women and people of all genders can identify publicly with each other's emotions and express that without fear

Cool. You've found the fountain of youth.

Please share.
posted by notreally at 6:32 PM on December 30, 2015


Wow, just amazing. Thankls for posting this.

Back in the Seventies, the Steve Miller Band was doing a gig here in Vancouver, and 1/2 way through the concert one of the three backing singers stepped down from the riser, walked up to the unused mic stand, and proceeded to blow the roof off of the house.

We were all flabbergasted by this incredible performance, wondering who this amazing singer was. You guesssed it. We read in the paper the next day that it was Aretha Franklin, in a surprise appearance. Never will forget that night.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 6:55 PM on December 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


I love any clip that features Franklin at the keys. Her voice is matchless, but she's also a tremendous pianist.
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:44 PM on December 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


That made my day. Thanks nkknkk!
posted by james33 at 3:25 AM on December 31, 2015


KCH went on too late for me, so I missed Aretha the first time around. Seeing her perfomance on YouTube led me to the 1998 Grammy performance of Nessun Dorma, which was unexpectedly good. But watching Carole King losing it on the balcony, and the audience caught up in it, nearly brought tears to my eyes.

In some slight defence of George Lucas's stiffness, watching him when Mellody Hobson stood up beside him to talk, that very normal "oh no, what is my wife going to say about me now" reaction, was priceless.
posted by lhauser at 5:44 AM on December 31, 2015


That was amazing. Thank you!
posted by rtha at 9:02 AM on December 31, 2015


She's peerless.
posted by Lyme Drop at 9:52 AM on December 31, 2015


Makes me feel happy to be an American...and a human being...and a woman!
posted by EvelynU at 2:09 PM on December 31, 2015


What a beautiful thread - thank you all so much.
posted by some chick at 4:37 PM on December 31, 2015


I read the comments on the linked Youtube video.

It devolve into an anti-fur/animal cruelty thread. Can no one just appreciate art anymore?
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 6:53 PM on December 31, 2015


Carole King is apoplectic

She is not!
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:20 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Aretha Franklin, in a surprise appearance

Lemme guess. The song was "You Send Me, " right?
posted by ogooglebar at 2:49 PM on January 1, 2016


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