The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual award given to those in the performing arts. The award highlights individuals’ exemplary achievements and contributions to American culture.
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In 2012, that honor was given to one of the world’s greatest rock bands: Led Zeppelin. The group’s songs are epic, unforgettable, and timeless. But one tune, “Stairway to Heaven” co-written in 1971 by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant, has been recognized by many as one of the most influential songs of its kind.
As part of the tribute, Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band Heart stepped on stage to perform an amazing rendition of this classic song. Pulling off a perfect portrayal is not an easy feat, but they managed to do just that! In fact, less than a minute into their performance, the honorees appeared to be captivated by the powerful ballad. It’s full of ups and downs, surprise additions, and vocals that amaze.
The camera often pans to Plant, who is clearly emotional from hearing a song he wrote so many years ago. It must have been a surreal experience to be sure!
Watch this unforgettable performance below, and share in honor of all the great music Led Zeppelin made over the years.
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