With President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle seated just three feet away, Emeli Sandé took the stage at the White House Wednesday (May 22) night in honor of Carole King. The legend became the first woman ever to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award given by the Library of Congress.
“It was nerve-wracking,” Sandé told Radio.com the day after she took the stage. “But I was so excited to be there and to be able to play such an incredible song in front of the person who created it. I mean those nights don’t come around too often.” the Library of Congress.
It was hard to imagine that only a few days before the performance, which will air May 28 on PBS, Sandé was holed up in a little studio in Brooklyn practicing King’s hit, “You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman).” Sandé admitted though that a lot of the rehearsal time was spent gearing up to meet the President. the Library of Congress.
“I think coming from the U.K. it feels like an even more distant dream to be in America meeting the President,” she said. “It was a massive deal and you know, the circumstance was amazing. I’m such a massive Carole King fan, and she’s inspired me as a writer so to be there to honor to celebrate her success.”
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