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It was at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors when Franklin sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to pay homage to Carole King. As the Huffington Post notes, the clip almost immediately went viral as the crowd—along with Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and a stunned King, who co-wrote the song that became a Franklin hit in 1967—sat stunned by the beauty and power of her voice and then gave her a standing ovation in the middle of the song.
This particular video has received 12 million pageviews since it was published, and other videos of the performance have recorded millions more. After watching it, you’ll probably understand why.
Franklin sings like American hope, and Obama knew it.
Josh Katzowitz is the Weekend Editor for the Daily Dot and covers the world of YouTube. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He’s also a longtime sports writer, covering the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.