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John Legend Pays Tribute To Aretha Franklin With A Stunning Cover Of "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
GRAMMY-winning vocal powerhouse John Legend—now an EGOT (an Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner)—truly brought the room to a state of awe with his powerful performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" during Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul.
During the concert, as he sat down at the piano, he that shared Paul Simon, half of GRAMMY-winning folk heroes Simon And Garfunkel, who originally wrote and recorded the song, has said Aretha Franklin's version was one of the best covers of his songs he'd ever heard.
At the 13th GRAMMY Awards in 1971 the duo took home two GRAMMY Awards for the song, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Later that year Aretha would record her soulful version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and take home a win for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female at the 14th GRAMMY Awards.
Legend astutely points to Aretha's power to take a great song and make it even better, by making it completely hers.
"Aretha had a way of covering songs and making them her own. And I was happy to do her version of the cover version," Legend shared, smiling.
You can hear his moving performance of the song, along with all of the other special moments from the special honoring the Queen Of Soul by tuning into CBS this Sun., March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT.