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Aretha Franklin Makes Obama Cry: See the Stunning Performance

It's nearly impossible to choose the most memorable Aretha Franklin performance of all-time.

How could you?!?

This is an artist who performed at two Presidential Inaugurations, belting out "My Country Tis of Thee" in 2009 for Barack Obama and "I Dreamed a Dream" for Bill Clinton in 1993.

There was also her classic "Think" cameo in the beloved film The Blues Brothers.

But a cover that is receiving lots of attention on this sad day, the day Franklin died of cancer, is the version of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.

Franklin took to this stage as part of a tribute to Carole King, who was in attendance, along with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

As you can see in the video featured on this page, the number opens with the legendary artist in a floor-length fur coat, sitting down at the piano as the voice many believe to be the greatest in history reverberates around the hall.

Just a few lines into the song, the camera cuts to President Obama…

… who wipes a tear away from his eye.

Franklin eventually rises and stands in the middle of the stage, getting into the track's conclusion like only she can, as King cheers and screams in awe from the crowd and Aretha is given a standing ovation before she's even finished.

It's a mesmerizing performance.

It tells you almost all you need to know about the first female ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the person Rolling Stone once named the greatest singer of all-time.

This is how celebrities around the world are reacting to Aretha's passing…

… and this is what Franklin sounded like even at the age of 73.

Listen to the footage featured here now.

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Ariana Grande: Watch Her Powerful Performance From the BMAs

As you will see in the video that we've included, the spectacular Ariana Grande put on a gorgeous performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

It was a bittersweet performance, just two days before the 1-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena Bombing.

"No Tears Left To Cry" is Ariana's first single since last year's devastating terrorist attack with an explosive device.

Ultimately, 22 lives were lost to the terrorist's bomb. And over 500 innocents were injured.

Even those who evaded physical harm, who fled or were ushered out — Ariana's own mother, Joan Grande, reportedly urged dozens of audience-goers to come with her to safety in case there were multiple devices — were victims of the device.

And so were the families and loved ones of those who died. Terrorism exacts an appalling toll.

This kind of deadly tragedy transforms lives for the worst.

But Ariana has been outspoken and adamant that she not allow that kind of creeping evil to snuff out joy or hope, and she will continue to tour.

Ariana's performance itself, as you can see for yourself in the video that we have included, was a tasteful blend of optimism and art with somber reminders of the May 22 bombing.

At one point, she is lifted up into the air by a rising pillar, but her skillful backup dancers use their umbrella props to give the appearance that she is resting solely on their umbrellas.

(We haven't enjoyed a performance featuring umbrellas this much since Tom Holland's lip sync performance in 2017; well done, Ariana)

The bee, which is the symbol of Manchester, even makes an appearance during the show.

Ariana really knows how to illustrate how to move forward even as you grieve.

Ariana seemed to dedicate a lot of time in 2017 to self-care. She was also in a relationship that year, but Ariana and Mac Miller are over.

Very appropriate, under the circumstances. She had to recover, just like everyone else. Perhaps more so, as she may have felt a misplaced sense of guilt.

In contrast, she was something of a social media ghost during the first few months of 2018.

Then, Ariana began to tweet with upside-down letters, hinting that new music would soon be coming.

That music came in the form of "No Tears Left To Cry," a beautiful and powerful stand-alone single that continues to receive acclaim.

(We should note that, technically, it's only a stand-alone single for now — it may be part of an EP or a full length album later down the road)

Ariana was a natural choice to begin the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

Janet Jackson won the ICON Award and generally owned at the awards show.

It's what she deserves.

Ed Sheeran won Top Artist. … Okay.

Top New Arist went to Khalid.

The Billboard Chart Achievement Award went to Camila Cabello.

Top Male Artist went to Ed Sheeran.

Top Female Artist went to Taylor Swift, which makes sense — she had the best-selling album of 2017.

Top Duo/Group went to Imagine Dragons.

Top Billboard 200 Artist went to Drake.

Top Hot 100 Artist went to Ed Sheeran. These awards are based upon streaming and sales, so don't blame Billboard that his name keeps popping up.

Top Social Artist went to BTS.

Top R&B Artist went to Bruno Mars.

Top Rap Artist went to Kendrick Lamar.

Top Country Artist went to Chris Stapleton.

Top Rock Artist went to Imagine Dragons, so Sheeran wasn't the only name that kept cropping up.

Top Billboard 200 Album was Damn by Kendrick Lamar.

As we mentioned, the Top Selling Album was Reputation by Taylor Swift.

The Top Hot 100 Song was "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber.

"Despacito" was also the top selling song. That makes sense — it was arguably 2017's "song of the summer."

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Beyonce Fans Actually Whined Over Second Coachella Performance

To paraphrase Kanye West from many years ago:

We're gonna let all others artist finish, but Beyonce put on the greatest Coachella performance of all-time on the opening weekend of this music festival.

It reunited Destiny's Child. It lasted over two hours. It included references to the Black Lives Matter movement and other important cultural touchstones.

Fans went understandably crazy over it, in the positive sense.

But when Beyonce repeated this same set, in a different set of costumes, a week later?

Fans went crazy in a different sense. Scroll down to see what we mean:

1. This Was the Initial Set

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Check out the above video to relive a portion of the most memorable Coachella set EVER. It included a reunion we had been waiting years to see!

2. More of the Same?

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Despite all the time and effort Beyonce put into this set, fans were aghast that she dared to repeat it.

3. And We Mean AGHAST

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Twitter blew up in response. Folks just expect so much from Beyonce these days, it’s really not fair.

4. Whoa There!

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Comparing her to Mariah Carey, considering all the issues she has had performing live? Cold, Twitter user.

5. Yes You Did

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And you ought to be grateful for it!

6. Yes, This Perform Used a GIF of Tiffany Pollard to Complain

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We give props for the randomness of it, but not for the complaint itself.

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