Originally posted on Variety:
Discovering that Lady Gaga is an ardent admirer of Carole King is akin to Axl Rose calling Elton John his hero. But there she was Friday night — dressed all in white behind a color-matched grand piano — bringing down the house with a heart-wrenching version of “You’ve Got a Friend.”
But given the deep well of strong material to draw from, the star-studded tribute to King, MusiCares’ Person of the Year, consisted mainly of peak moments, beginning with Steven Tyler and LeAnn Rimes turning “Hi-De-Ho,” which King co-wrote with her ex Gerry Goffin, into a barn burner.
And so it went, with performers that included King’s daughter Louise Goffin, who dueted with another scion of Great American Songbook royalty, Jakob Dylan;Pink; King’s soul mate James Taylor; the women from “20 Feet From Stardom”; and Alicia Keys, who called King “the most magnificent songwriter-composer on earth.” Needless…
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