Watch: The Eagles, James Taylor, and Mavis Staples Honored With Star-Studded Covers at Kennedy Center Honors
The Kennedy Center Honors, hosted by Stephen Colbert in Washington D.C., aired last night on CBS, and featured tributes to three musical figures: The Eagles, Mavis Staples, and James Taylor. In addition to heartfelt speeches paying tribute to this slightly odd grouping of acts (Bill Clinton called James Taylor’s songs “seams in our national life”), there were performances.
Kings of Leon had an aggressive presence in the Eagles portion (“Take It Easy,” collaborating with Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Juanes, Steve Vai, and Colbert). Bonnie Raitt, Andra Day, and Elle King performed Mavis Staples standards “We Shall Not Be Moved” and “Respect Yourself,” and James Taylor’s segment boasted a high-profile and rather unsurprising trio of acts: Sheryl Crow (“Fire & Rain”), Darius Rucker (“Sweet Baby James”) and Garth Brooks (“Carolina In My Mind”).
Watch videos from the night below.