Carrie Underwood took the stage to celebrate Linda Ronstadt as one of the Kennedy Center 2019 honorees. The event, taped last week at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, aired on CBS (Dec 15). Ms. Ronstadt looked on approvingly as the American Idol season 4 winner performed two songs including “Blue Bayou” and “When Will I Be Loved.”
It’s not the first time Carrie paid homage to the multi talented singer, whose oeuvre has spanned several genres including pop, rock, standards, Mexican and more. Carrie honored Linda at her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction back in 2014. She performed “Blue Bayou” alongside Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris, as well as Linda’s first hit with the Stone Poneys, “Different Drum.”
Carrie performed the first number, Blue Bayou, with the backing of a lush–a nod to Linda’s work with arranger Nelson Riddle. The audience at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC were up on their feet for the singer’s second second performance, When Will I Be Loved.
Carrie posted a snap to social media and wrote, “I was so honored to finally meet the phenomenal #LindaRonstadt, a true artist and versatile vocalist who excelled at performing all kinds of music. I hope I made you proud, Linda.”
I was so honored to finally meet the phenomenal #LindaRonstadt, a true artist and versatile vocalist who excelled at performing all kinds of music. I hope I made you proud, Linda. ?#KCHonors #BlueBayou #WhenWillIBeLoved #Inspired pic.twitter.com/hRhADMbsap
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) December 14, 2019