Carrie Underwood took the stage at the Kennedy Center Honors—which aired on CBS on Dec. 15—to pay tribute to Linda Ronstadt by performing “Blue Bayou” and “When Will I Be Loved.”
Linda topped the country chart with “When Will I Be Loved” in 1975, before she scored a Top 5 hit with her signature tune, “Blue Bayou,” in 1977.
“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,” said Carrie via Twitter.
Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013, Linda has rarely appeared in public, but she did attend the ceremony. In addition to celebrating Linda’s career, the Kennedy Center Honors paid tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, Sesame Street, Sally Field and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Watch Carrie sing “Blue Bayou” and “When Will I Be Loved” below.
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