Carole King hit the red carpet before being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for the second time during a star-studded ceremony on Saturday.
The 79-year-old musician, who earned her first induction in 1990, dazzled in a black sequin blazer as she posed with her two daughters Louise and Sherry Goffin, from her marriage to songwriting partner Gerry Goffin.
Taylor Swift had the honor of inducting King, as well as performing her co-written hit Will You Love Me Tomorrow – which reportedly brought King to tears. She was also treated to a jaw-dropping performance by Jennifer Hudson.
Big night: Carole King hit the red carpet before being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for the second time during a star-studded ceremony on Saturday
For an added touch of cool style, the New York City native also donned a black scarf around her neck that hung past her knees.
And she stepped out in the black-and-white checkered slip-on sneakers that were made famous, in part, by Sean Penn’s character Jeff Spicoli in the 1982 hit teen comedy-drama film Fast Time At Ridgemont High.
She rounded out her look by having her her blonde tresses styled with a liberal dose of soft curls, which hung to about shoulder length.
At one point some of King’s family joined her on the red carpet, which included her daughters Louise and Sherry Goffin
Family affair: The 79-year-old musician, who earned her first induction in 1990, dazzled in a black sequin blazer as she posed with her two daughters Louise and Sherry Goffin, from her marriage to songwriting partner Gerry Goffin
Megastars unite! Taylor Swift had the honor of inducting King, as well as performing her co-written hit Will You Love Me Tomorrow – which reportedly brought King to tears. She was also treated to a jaw-dropping performance by Jennifer Hudson
Casula cool: The New York City native paired her sequin statement piece with trousers and black-and-white checkered slip-on sneakers
Decked out in a black lacy catsuit, which came complete with hints of sparkles, and black heeled booties that showcased her svelte figure, Swift would also wow the audience with a rendition of the King-Goffin penned song Will You Love Me Tomorrow.
The tune was used as the opener for the ceremony that was held at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, which is the home venue to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Like the true artist she is, Swift put her own spin on the tune, that was originally performed by The Shirelles in 1960, and was powerful enough to move King to tears.
Along with the six performing artists who were inducted, the influential German electronic band Kraftwerk, Delta blues musician Charley Patton, and musician and spoken word poet Gil Scott-Heron entered the hallowed hall of fame with Early Influence Awards.
The Musical Excellence Awards went to rap legend LL Cool J, rock guitar wizard Randy Rhoads, and renowned keyboardist Billy Preston.
And music executive and film producer Clarence Avant was honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Family matters: Carole King had the support of family ahead of the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, which is the home venue for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers
Having gone in to the RRHOF as a songwriter in 1990 with her then ex-husband and co-writer, brought her joy because of the recognition it offered Goffin, who would pass away in June 2014.
But going in to the HOF by herself, she admits, is something special because she never set her sights on being a performer.
‘I set out to be a songwriter. That’s all I ever wanted to be. I don’t want to say I was pulled in, but as a songwriter, you sing your own songs in order to present them,’ she revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone.
‘And so I was a performer of my own songs, but for a very limited audience. And then James Taylor and then Lou Adler encouraged me into being a performer of those songs for a wider audience. I just had no idea how wide it would be.’
Delivering the goods: Along with her induction duties, Swift also got to perform King’s song Will You Love Me Tomorrow during the event
BTS: King also got to share a few one-on-one moments with fellow inductee Dave Grohl, who first entered the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Nirvana in 2014
King (born Carole King Klein), 79, is one of those artists that has written a slew of songs that many people didn’t actually know she had composed.
Her initial success came in the 1960s when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits, many of which have become standards, for other artists.
Some on those songs include the likes of The Shirelles (Will You Love Me Tomorrow) in 1960; Bobby Vee (Take Good Care Of My Baby) 1961; Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman) in 1967; The Monkees (Pleasant Valley Sunday) in 1967; and James Taylor (You’ve Got A Friend)in 1971, among many others.
Fan and colleague; Swift has previously revealed that she listened and learned from the songwriting of King all through her younger years, and still today
While continuing to write for other artists, King would also see massive success as a a performer in her own right, beginning in the 1970s, scoring her breakthrough with her second studio album, Tapestry, which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971.
Some of the more recognizable songs she wrote and performed included It’s Too Late, You’ve Got A Friend, I Feel The Earth Move, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, and Up On The Roof.
She would go on to record 25 solo albums that, in all, translated into record sales estimated to have topped 75 million copies worldwide.
Along the way she won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony, and its performances, were taped for broadcast on HBO and will begin streaming on HBO Max on November 20.
Songwriter and performer: King’s initial success came in the 1960s when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits, many of which have become standards, for other artists; she would also see massive success as a solo artist beginning in the 1970s; she is seen in a publicity photo circa 1970