Last night, the 45th Annual Kennedy Center Honors aired from Washington, D.C., with nominees including George Clooney, U2, Gladys Knight, Amy Grant, and composer-conductor Tania León.
There were several performances throughout the night to honor all the great artists in attendance, including Mr. Garth Brooks, who delivered a great rendition of Gladys’ “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
“Midnight” was written by Jim Weatherly and included on Gladys Knight & the Pips’ 1973 Imagination record.
It became their first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, in addition to winning the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus, and has of course become her signature song.
And from what I can tell here, G didn’t tear up this year, but it looks like Gladys enjoyed his performance and it’s fun to hear him sing an R&B song like this:
And while you’re here, check out James Taylor’s tribute to Garth last year, when Garth was honored as a member of the 43rd class of the Kennedy Center Honors and lost it during James’ performance of “The River”: