Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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They don't call her the Queen of Soul for nothing!

Lauren Porter
Dec, 30, 2015

Last night's 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors was a celebration to honor those who have had dynamic careers contributing to the world of the performing arts.

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Honorees this year included filmmakers George Lucas, actresses Cicely Tyson and Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozaw and singer-songwriter Carole King. 

What really brought the ceremony to its feet was a stellar performance from Aretha Franklin.

Dressed in a full-length fur and playing the piano, the 1995 Kennedy honors recipient performed a rousing rendition of her classic 1968 hit, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” dedicated to King, who co-wrote it.

Audience members were completely enthralled in her performance, including President Obama, who was caught wiping a tear from his eye.

They don't call her the Queen of Soul for nothing!