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(VIDEO) 2012: 35th ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS; BETH HART STEALS THE SHOW

Anyone watching the recent airing (12/26/12) of the 35th annual Kennedy Centers Honors was definitely moved by one special performance.  Singer Beth Hart stole the show and received a well-deserved standing ovation.  It was an elegantly produced tribute; honoring legends in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.

This year honorees included; Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy, late night talk show host Dave Letterman, iconic ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman and rock band Led Zeppelin.

The star-filled packed arena even included President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.  I must admit although I added it to my DVR to do list, it was almost skipped.  But luckily nothing was on tonight and I tuned in as a last resort.  Good thing…because I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it.

While Beth Hart was not a familiar name to me, her performance during a tribute to Buddy Guy blew me away.  She belted out the popular hit, ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ and it sent chills up my spine.  Even the President couldn’t hold back and swayed to the beat.  If you missed it the above video is a must see.  I am an instant fan of her music and hope to hear more from Hart in the near future.

If you happen to catch the entire show, there were many other special performances and it was actually very entertaining.  Check out the full list of attendees here which included; Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Ray Romano, Jimmy Kimmel, Lenny Kravitz, Tracy Chapman, and Bonnie Raitt. 

Don’t let her raw opening scare you…below is worth a listen too. 

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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(VIDEO) OPRAH REPLACED BY JIMMY KIMMEL; WILL CHICAGOANS SOON FORGET HER?

JIMMY KIMMEL performed a hilarious “farewell” tribute for Oprah Winfrey with Boyz II Men in above video.  But it now seems he may want to celebrate her parting, since his late night show will replace the “Best of Oprah” repeats currently running on ABC.  His time slot moves up an hour, allowing him to capture a wider audience.

Is this the end to Chicago’s love for Oprah?  Will she fade away as only a memory, like Chicago favorites Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen?  Well, not so fast.  Although her OWN network has not yet caught on, and is experiencing low ratings, she is certain to reincarnate herself somehow. 

While Oprah has more money than most living creatures, she certainly is not doing it for cash these days.  Clearly she loves the spotlight, and will refuse to let her flame die. 

Do you believe Chicagoans will forget about Oprah anytime soon? 

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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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