Trisha Yearwood and Aaron Neville’s Duet of “Don’t Know Much” Brings Tears To Linda Ronstadt’s Eyes During Kennedy Center Honors


It was a night to honor the artistic impact of entertainment’s elite during the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. This year’s honorees included Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda RonstadtSesame Street, and Michael Tilson Thomas. 

While Linda was honored by fellow country singers Emmylou Harris,  Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood, it was when Trisha took the stage with Linda’s duet partner Aaron Neville to perform their 1989 hit “Don’t Know Much,” that brought tears to her eyes.

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Linda sat up in the balcony booth watching over the performance as tears started to form. She choked back tears as the duo belted out the tune.

“She’s my hero. She’s the person who made me want to be a singer. I’ve been doing this for 28 years and I think this might be the biggest night for me to honor someone else because she’s my hero,” Trisha said on the red carpet prior to her performance.

Trisha also had the honor of performing Linda’s 1975 cover of “You’re No Good,” previously recorded by Dee Dee Warwick.

The Georgia native took to Twitter following the performance to thank her duet partner.

Singing with you again @aaronneville was a dream. Honoring my hero, singing with my friend the legend. Thank you for your gift. #KCHonors #LindaRonstadt,” Trisha wrote. 

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Trisha also Tweeted out a photo of herself dining with Linda and Emmy Lou, saying,#squadgoals Having dinner with legends & friends! Catch Emmylou Harris and me tonight on CBS honoring the great Linda Ronstadt. Surround yourself with women that inspire you and you realize that you can achieve anything you put your heart & soul into. I  ❤️ these women #kchonors.”

Congratulations Linda!