Aretha Franklin's 'Natural Woman' performance brings President Obama to tears

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Aretha Franklin Performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in a Tribute to Carole King


Many were honored at this year's Kennedy Center Honors ceremony held on December 6, but it was Aretha Franklin who truly stole the show.

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In a tribute to Carole King, the legendary singer took to the stage to sing her hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," which was co-written by King. Sitting down at the piano and wearing a floor-length fur coat, Franklin immediately had the audience -- including Barack and Michelle Obama -- in tears. Others in the audience included Gina Rodriguez, Rosie Perez and Viola Davis.

The already-spectacular performance reached new heights, though, when Franklin stood up and slipped out of her fur coat as she hit the song's key high-note.

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Aretha Franklin's 'Natural Woman' performance brings President Obama to tears
THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW -- Aired 5/4/69 -- Pictured: Aretha Franklin (Photo by Fred A. Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW -- Aired 5/4/69 -- Pictured: Aretha Franklin (Photo by Fred A. Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 1: Musicians Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Aretha Franklin attending 17th Annual Grammy Awards on March 1, 1975 at the Uris Theater in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW -- Aired 5/4/69 -- Pictured: Aretha Franklin (Photo by Fred A. Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1967: The 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait with circa 1967. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1965: Soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in circa 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1964: Soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait circa 1964 in New York city, New York. (Photo by James Kriegsmann/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Aretha FRANKLIN; Posed portrait of Aretha Franklin, (Photo by RB/Redferns)
AUGUST 7: Soul singer Aretha Franklin records in the studio on August 7, 1968. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: HAMMERSMITH ODEON Photo of Aretha FRANKLIN, performing live onstage. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
American soul singer Aretha Franklin dancing for the cameras. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1968: Soul singer Aretha Franklin performs onstage in circa 1968. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 09: Soul singer Aretha Franklin sings in the Atlantic Records studio in during 'The Weight' recording sesssion on January 9, 1969 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1969: Soul singer Aretha Franklin performs onstage in circa 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin performs on BBC TV show 'It's Lulu', London, August 1970. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: TOP OF THE POPS Photo of Aretha FRANKLIN (Photo by Ron Howard/Redferns)
NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 1: Musicians Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers and singer Aretha Franklin attend 17th Annual Grammy Awards on March 1, 1975 at the Uris Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 1: (L-R) Musicians Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Aretha Franklin attending 17th Annual Grammy Awards on March 1, 1975 at the Uris Theater in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
CIRCA 1973: Soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait lying on a couch in circa 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin poses for a studio portrait in 1977 in the United States. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)
Singer Aretha Franklin performing. (Photo by David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Aretha Franklin (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Aretha Franklin (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin during The 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arista Records Pre-GRAMMY Party at Beverly Hills Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige performing on the 'VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin' at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, 4/9/01. The show airs live on VH1 on Tuesday, April 11, 2001 at 9:00PM EST. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Aretha Franklin performs onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre on February 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/BET/Getty Images for BET)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Aretha Franklin performs onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre on February 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/BET/Getty Images for BET)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Aretha Franklin speaks onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre on February 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/BET/Getty Images for BET)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Aretha Franklin attends BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre on February 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Angelika Beene, singer Aretha Franklin, and pianist Robert Glasper attend the BET Honors 2014 red carpet presented by Lexus at Warner Theatre on February 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Singer Aretha Franklin performs in concert at ACL Live on September 3, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall on June 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: A view of atmosphere at Aretha Franklin's 72nd Birthday Celebration on March 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: (L-R) Music executive Clive Davis, William Wilkerson, singer Aretha Franklin and actor Denzel Washington attend Aretha Franklin's 72nd Birthday Celebration at the Ritz Carlton on March 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
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You know something special is happening when a star-studded audience is on its feet raucously cheering before the song is even over.

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