On December 15, CBS aired a television special surrounding the Kennedy Center Honors. Every year, several people in the performing arts are honored for their contributions to American culture.
Every December since 1978, people gather in the Kennedy Center Opry House to celebrate the chosen honorees, which this year were actress Sally Field, the TV show Sesame Street, musician Michael Tilson Thomas, band Earth, Wind, & Fire, and singer Linda Ronstadt.
Together at last—your 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees! 🌈
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— The Kennedy Center (@kencen) December 8, 2019
There were several tributes for each honoree including Tom Hanks giving a moving speech to his onscreen mom from the movie Forrest Gump, Sally Field.
One of the stand-out moments was the entire tribute to Linda Ronstadt. Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood were asked to perform a couple of the legendary singer’s songs from her decades-long career. Underwood performed “Blue Bayou” and “When Will I Be Loved.”
Yearwood opened her performance with Ronstadt’s 1975 song “You’re No Good,” which was actually a cover. Her version is arguably the most popular version of the song, as she took it to number one one the Billboard Hot 100.
After “You’re No Good,” Yearwood brought out a special guest, which was a surprise for Ronstadt. Aaron Neville walked out to join Yearwood, which made tears form in Ronstadt’s eyes. As the camera zoomed in, you can see her lips quivering from emotion and a tear start to roll down her cheek.
Neville and Ronstadt recorded “Don’t Know Much” in 1989 and it was a worldwide success. The duo even won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1990 and was also nominated for Song of the Year.
Once the song was over, Ronstadt began blowing kisses to all the performers who honored her. Watch Ronstadt’s reaction and the entire performance below.