Sara Bareilles did not win any awards at the 2014 Grammys, but she did get the opportunity of a lifetime. She was able to perform her hit song, “Brave”, with Carole King. After the stripped down performance, Sara Bareilles called King, “the woman who has been such an inspiration to me.”
Indeed, Carole King has been an inspiration to lots of aspiring singer-songwriter women. King was the first woman to win the category “Song of the Year” back in 1972. She won the award for her song sung by James Taylor, “You’ve Got A Friend”. MTV recalled eight other cool facts about the inspirational singer-songwriter after the Grammys.
Sara Bareilles was nominated for two Grammys 42 years later for her albumThe Blessed Unrest and her song “Brave”. After a slightly awkward introduction by Cyndi Lauper, Bareilles and King faced each other on dueling pianos. Carole King opened with her song “Beautiful”, but then the two launched into a duet on Bareilles’ nominated song “Brave”. It was the highlight of the night for the 34-year-old singer from Eureka, California.
Carole King seemed to enjoy the opportunity to sing next to the budding star as well. After being called an inspiration by Bareilles, King said, “And what a thrill to see the future of music in such good hands.”
Fans raved about the performance on Twitter.
— Jefferson Bethke (@JeffersonBethke) January 27, 2014
Sara Bareilles and Carol King were MAGNIFICENT together!! Pure TALENT!!!! #GRAMMYs — Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) January 27, 2014
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) January 27, 2014
Bareilles also had the honor of presenting the “Song of the Year” with Carole King to Lorde for her hit song “Royals”. If anyone enjoyed themselves at the Grammys Sunday night, it was most certainly Sara Bareilles. Her tweet towards the end during Maclemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love” let the whole world know how she felt.
What a night!! I’m so honored to have been here. Kick ass comrades taking home the trophies, but I’m all smiles and off to my whiskey!! Xox
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) January 27, 2014
What did you think of Sara Bareilles performance with Carole King?