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Kennedy Center Honors 2014: Sting Tribute ft Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Herbie Hancock & Esperanza Spalding [YouTube Videos]

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published December 31, 2014
Sting Kennedy Center Honors Full Video

On Tuesday night, the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors were broadcast on TV. This year's honorees included Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Al Green, Patricia McBride, and Sting. In celebration of Sting's musical achievements, Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Herbie Hancock, and Esperanza Spalding paid tribute to the UK artist by playing Sting / The Police songs. You can watch their performances below.

Lady Gaga "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" (Sting cover) at 2014 Kennedy Center Honors
Bruce Springsteen "I Hung My Head" (Sting cover) at 2014 Kennedy Center Honors
Bruno Mars "So Lonely / Message in a Bottle" (The Police cover) at 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

After an introduction from Meryl Streep, they show a video summarizing Sting's life and accomplishments. Then the performances began.

Sitting at a piano, a silver covered Lady Gaga exclaims, "Let's make this one sting!" before going into Sting's 1993 tune, "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You." Gaga gives a high energy performance that finds her supported by a small brass ensemble. Midway through, she brings the song's energy down while a teary-eyed Sting watches on. Gaga kicks the energy back up to finish the song on a positive note.

"The Boss" came out to a loud applause before performing a solid version of Sting's 1996 song, "I Hung My Head." Bruce displays great poise with his singing before going into a brief, rocking solo. A choir joins the guitarist to give the song a strong finish.

Strapped with an electric guitar, Bruno Mars came out and performed a brief rendition of "So Lonely" before shedding the instrument in favor of a microphone. Bruno led an energized version of "Message in a Bottle," by displaying his skillful vocals. Towards the end, people and musicians gathered onstage to help close out the song, and the camera shows a very touched Sting.

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Source: ABCWorldsNews YouTube

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