Aretha Franklin’s Kennedy Center Honors performance (VIDEO).

Aretha Franklin Performed “Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center, Brought Down the House

Aretha Franklin Performed “Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center, Brought Down the House

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Dec. 30 2015 11:18 AM

Aretha Franklin Performed “Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center, Left Obama’s Jaw on the Floor

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Still taken from the video.

The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors aired Tuesday night on CBS, this year honoring Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa, and Cicely Tyson. But one particular performance took down the house: Aretha Franklin singing her 1967 single “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” dedicated to the song’s co-writer Carole King.

Franklin blew kisses in the air in a full-length fur coat and glimmering earrings, sparkling clutch in hand. Audience reactions were predictably awed: Barack Obama seemed to tear up before Franklin even got to the chorus, and an ecstatic-looking King sang along.