At the Kennedy Center Honors, which happened earlier this month but aired last night, Queen Aretha casually strolled onto the stage in her fur coat and pocketbook in hand to pay tribute to Carole King by performing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” There’s so much gold in Queen Aretha’s performance from her keeping her fur coat on like your auntie who is always ready to leave a party to Carole King prolapsing to President Obama feeling every single part of it. Obama felt things!
But the biggest piece of gold comes when Aretha pulls off her fur coat and drops it to the floor before really blowing everyone’s wig off. When Aretha dropped that coat, everybody got up. Even Queen Aretha’s arch rival Patti LaBelle felt that coat drop. In one second, Aretha gave all those amateur pop tricks a lesson in how to bring it like a true diva.
I’m sure everybody there would’ve pulled an Aretha by taking picture of the master at work, but their phone screens probably shattered when she yodeled out those notes. The only thing this performance was missing was a bored-as-fuck Cissy Houston in the background wondering when that shit would be over because she needs to go home and watch that Matlock marathon.