VIDEO: Cast of BEAUTIFUL, Sara Bareilles, Aretha Franklin & More Pay Tribute to Kennedy Center Honoree Carole King

Earlier this month, in a star-studded celebration on the KENNEDY Center Opera House stage, Seiji Ozawa, Tony Award winner Rita Moreno (WEST SIDE STORY), Carole King, George Lucas, and Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson (THE GIN GAME, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL) were saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world on THE 38TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS. The event aired last night on CBS.

A highlight of the evening was a tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, which included a performance of "You've Got a Friend" from Sara Bareilles, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "One Fine Day," performed by Janelle Monae, a moving rendition of "Up on the Roof" from James Taylor, and a show-stopping performance of "Natural Woman" by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Chilina KENNEDY and Scott J. Campbell, the stars of Broadway's BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING STORY, narrated the tribute and performed "So Far Away." Check out the tribute below and Click here to watch last night's broadcast in full.

The KENNEDY CENTER HONORS recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts -- whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television -- and are selected by the Center's Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; over the years, the selection process has produced a balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.

Photo credit: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

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