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Mavis Staples was among the artists honored this year at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., where Bonnie Raitt, Andra Day and Elle King paid tribute to the soul legend by performing some of her most renowned tracks.

Raitt and Day, backed by a gospel choir, teamed for a medley that featured the civil rights movement anthem "We Shall Not Be Moved" alongside the Staple Singers' "Freedom Highway."

Raitt also delivered a speech saluting Staples at the event. "From the first time I heard her sing, I was gone," she said. "She had the deepest, most soulful, simultaneously earthy and anointed voice I'd ever heard." Staples sat next to Barack and Michelle Obama.

"The haunting harmonies, tremolo guitar and powerful message of the Staple Singers, playing for the rallies to end segregation and discrimination, and my heart was pierced from that moment on," Raitt added.

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: See Bonnie Raitt, Andra Day Honor Mavis Staples at Kennedy Center

Read more http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-bonnie-raitt-honor-mavis-staples-at-kennedy-center-w458030


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