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Bonnie Raitt and Andra Day at Kennedy Center Honors 2016 © Jeffrey R. Staab /CBS

Bonnie Raitt Performs For Mavis Staples At 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

on December 27, 2016 No comments

The annual ceremony, which was hosted by The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert and attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Dec. 4, paid tribute to the 2016 honorees: pianist Martha Argerich, rock legends the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Rock Legends The Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, pianist Martha Argerich and singer-songwriter James Taylor.
Kennedy Center Honors Highlights 2016

Bonnie Raitt joined a handful of other stars in honoring legendary blues singer Mavis Staples at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors.
Backed by a full gospel choir, Raitt and Day brought audience members to their feet with their powerful performance of two of the most beloved songs from Staples’ prolific career as both a solo artist and as part of her family band, the Staples Singers.

“Mavis Staples is a revelation; it’s as simple as that,” Raitt said in a spoken tribute to Staples before her performance. “From the first time I heard her sing, I was gone. She had the deepest, most soulful, simultaneously earthy and anointed voice I’d ever heard.”

Staples released her version of “We Shall Not Be Moved,” originally penned as an African-American spiritual, in 2007, paying homage to the Civil Rights Movement in which she and her family played a major part during the 1960s. Their involvement includes an historic live performance of “Freedom Highway” at Chicago’s New Nazareth Church in 1965; the song was written in honor of the more than 600 people who fought for African-Americans’ right to vote during the Selma-to-Montgomery marches that took place in March of 1965.

Along with Raitt and Day, Staples was also honored during the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors with a spoken tribute from actor Don Cheadle and vocal performances of her biggest hits, including a medley of “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” by Elle King. Other honorees at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors included James Taylor, the Eagles, pianist Martha Argerich and actor Al Pacino.

Bonnie Raitt Salutes Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples

Bonnie Raitt shared a moving tribute to Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples, who was honored for her career as a rhythm and blues singer.

Andra Day And Bonnie Raitt Honor Mavis Staples With Music Performance

Andra Day and Bonnie Raitt sang ‘We Shall Not Be Moved’ and ‘Freedom Highway’ during a tribute to Mavis Staples at the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Watch the full episode on CBS.com and CBS All Access.


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On this Memorial Day, I'd like to share the lyrics to my song "A SOLDIER AT WAR", dedicated to all the soldiers from all the wars who DIDN'T die, all those who have been living with the internal scars of their war experience. My heart goes out to you all, and I certainly do appreciate your service to our country. Is this an "anti-war song"...YES! And I dedicate these lyrics to the great Ron Kovic, author of "Born On The Fourth Of July".

A SOLDIER AT WAR

VERSE 1:
I’m a soldier at war.
I know you’ve seen my face before.
I am Red, White, and Blue.
I am black and brown and yellow too.
I have killed and I have died,
All alone and damaged deep inside.
And the child I used to be,
Was sacrificed for some insanity.

VERSE 2:
Left a boy, now half a man,
My innocence was lost in a foreign land.
I fought so hard and I fought so long,
I fought for my country, right or wrong.
In the eye of the slaughter,
No Star Spangled Banner did I see.
There is blood on the water,
It’s flowing like the blood inside of me.

VERSE 3:
In smoke-fill rooms, the Men Of Might
Will send your son somewhere to fight.
And I am one of many more,
Just pawns in a Holy War.

BRIDGE:
In a field where the food used to grow,
There’s a murder of crows.

VERSE 4
Now the war is dead and gone,
But the battle goes on and on.
And the dream that used to be
Is buried so deep inside of me.
I believed what I was told,
But all that glitters is not gold.
I still see my brother’s hand…..
Why he died, I’ll never understand.

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I’m a soldier at war.
I know you’ve seen my face before.
Just a name and a loaded gun,
One more lost, forsaken son.
I’m a soldier at war.
I’m a soldier at war….
Just a soldier at war.
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