The 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors event aired last night (December 26, 2018), though it was taped back in early December 2018.
The event was created to honor those with achievements in entertainment and this year’s honorees are Cher, composer Philip Glass, country star Reba McEntire, the Hamilton co-creators and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
One of the highlights of the night was a performance from Kelly Clarkson paying tribute to honoree Reba McEntire with her hit “Fancy.”
In a clip posted by the Kennedy Center to social media, Clarkson gives a spirited delivery of the song — which had McEntire herself clapping delightedly from the audience — but she revealed far more of her heart in her speech preceding the performance.
“Thank you so much, Reba for listening to me vent as an artist,” she said to the icon, who also happens to be her mother-in-law. “Thank you so much for comforting me on the phone through my tears like a friend and thank you for being a really rad grandma for my kids.”
The tribute to Cher was the last of the night and the highlight by far was Adam Lambert‘s rendition of Cher’s classic “Believe.” The man needs to do a Cher tribute album!
Did you see Cher shed a tear? Well done, sir!