Taylor Swift introduced legendary singer-songwriter Carole King when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Swift also covered the King classic "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Written by King and his then partner / husband Gerry Goffin in 1960, the song was first recorded in the same year by girl group The Shirelles and was the first song by an all-black girl group to become a number one song on the US Billboard had Hot 100. & # 39; Will You Love Me Tomorrow & # 39; was later recorded on King's seminal 1971 album Tapestry.
King was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a songwriter (along with Goffin) over 30 years ago in 1990, but that weekend it was her turn to be inducted as a performer.
Swift delivered a sweet speech that moved the watching King to tears. She revealed one of the "fundamental truths" her parents taught her growing up that "Carole King is the greatest songwriter of all time," citing her hit "It's Too Late" as her favorite.
"(King) has mastered the politics of an era that left no room for female genius," said Swift. "Slowly but surely, Carole King worked to create one, and it will be hers forever."
Now Carole King is at the piano pic.twitter.com/UwqJoVOtoi
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– Dr. Bryan McGeary (@BMcgeary) October 31, 2021
After Swift's speech, King came on stage and thanked her many collaborators throughout her career, including James Taylor. She then introduced Jennifer Hudson to sing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," a song King wrote again with Goffin in 1967 and one of Aretha Franklin's signature hits. It was also featured on King's own album, Tapestry.
Jennifer Hudson channels Aretha. @rockhall pic.twitter.com/Iop9ZYJZtJ
– Tom Withers (@twithersAP) October 31, 2021
Elsewhere at this year's Rock Hall event, Paul McCartney introduced Foo Fighters before joining them for a Beatles cover while The Go-Gos delivered a powerful speech on inclusivity and misogyny.
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