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Anna Kendrick Performs For Shirley MacLaine At The Kennedy Center Honors: VIDEO


The Pitch Perfect songstress performed a number, "It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish," from the Broadway show, "Seesaw" in honor of Shirley MacLaine receiving the Kennedy Center Honors.

Check out Kendrick belting it out AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. In the original show "Seesaw" this was Tommy Tune's big number.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 30, 2013 5:26:48 PM

  2. The entire MacLaine tribute was pretty lackluster. And the Kendrick should sue the costumer for putting her in a dress that accented her knock-knees.

    Posted by: Taylor | Dec 30, 2013 5:36:31 PM

  3. Luv her. She'll be in the film versions of The Last Five Years & Into The Woods (as Cinderella). I hope both projects will turn out good.

    Posted by: Scar2 | Dec 30, 2013 5:42:48 PM

  4. It was Tommy Tune's number in the original show, but Shirley MacLaine has been doing this number in her live show forever, notably recorded on "Live at the Palace" so it is from Seesaw, bit its association with Shirley MacLaine is through her live show.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 30, 2013 6:43:41 PM

  5. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's awfully curious to hear how Anna Kendrick's vocals hold up to the super-demanding soprano of Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS. No doubt they'll change some keys for her (on "On The Steps of the Palace," most certainly), but the ensemble numbers and duets continually keep her in her head voice, rather than these honey-dued belty notes that she's been working since her HIGH SOCIETY days.

    Posted by: GMB | Dec 30, 2013 9:10:08 PM

  6. I love Anna... since CAMP!
    However... I did not like her shoes. :)

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Dec 30, 2013 9:21:55 PM

  7. Touching and a sweet tribute. Anna's got a nice set of pipes.

    Posted by: bluedogjim | Dec 30, 2013 10:33:20 PM

  8. There's another association between MacLaine and Seesaw - she starred along with Robert Mitchum in the original movie on which the musical was based, "Two for the Seesaw."

    Posted by: Rascal | Dec 30, 2013 10:48:44 PM

  9. Why didn't you post the Rufus Wainwright or the Herbie Hancock tributes? Not gay enough?

    Posted by: jc | Dec 30, 2013 10:54:22 PM

  10. Alas, the Herbie Hancock would have involved BOR.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 30, 2013 10:55:52 PM

  11. The highlight of the MacLaine tribute was Sutton Foster; Kendrick isn't yet at Foster's level (who is?). And Rufus Wainwright was fantastic; he's really growing better looking with age.

    Unfortunately, in spite of a worthy slate of honorees, this was the least grand induction show the KCH has ever done.

    BTW: was I the only one surprised that they didn't get Rob Thomas (or anyone else) to sing 'Smooth' in the Santana segment?

    Posted by: MFinBH | Dec 30, 2013 11:52:12 PM

  12. Anna was FANTASTIC. She's got a great voice and the tribute to Shirley MacLaine was touching. I was blown away by Anna's performance in Camp. She sang The Ladies Who Lunch and it was brilliant. Can't wait to see her, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski do Into The Woods.

    Posted by: Drew in SF CA | Dec 31, 2013 2:15:59 AM

  13. For Shirley MacLaine, the absence of Warren Beatty - her brother - seemed very odd. Is there bad blood between them? I would also have preferred Jack Nicholson over Kathy Bates to introduce the tribute.

    The performances by Don Henley and Rufus Wainwright were great, but I was surprised that there wasn't a huge star there to perform.

    To me, the highlight of the KC Honors series was Beyonce' performing, "The Way We Were" during the Streisand tribute.
    A great performance that rivaled, yet honored, the original.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Dec 31, 2013 2:20:45 AM

  14. Good Going, Shirley! Started as understudy who got an unusual break (the lead broke her leg) and here Shirley is years later a natural for still stardom! BRAVO

    Posted by: L Goethe | Dec 31, 2013 4:14:14 AM

  15. Yeah, I felt that the show as a whole was pretty lackluster, especially for the people they were inducting. That being said, Brendan Urie (from Panic at the Disco) was just looking delicious during the Billy Joel tribute, and who would have thought that throwing Sutton Foster, Patina Miller, Karen Olivo, and Anna Kendrick together would have meh results. It's the curse of Streep + Close + Redgrave again.

    Posted by: CK | Dec 31, 2013 4:47:05 AM

  16. The President really enjoyed chewing his gum!

    Posted by: David | Dec 31, 2013 8:47:25 AM

  17. Anna Kendrick is such an irritating actress

    Posted by: Suzie | Dec 31, 2013 12:58:37 PM

  18. why wasn't Warren Beatty mentioned in the Kennedy Center honors tribute to Shirley MacLaine? I think his childhood photo was shown? Was the mention of him cut? Was he in the audience? Also, why not more from Pajama Game (the Broadway show that Shirley MacLaine was in) instead of Sweet Charity? (Gwen Verdon was on Broadway; MacLaine was in the movie.)

    Posted by: elinda | Dec 31, 2013 2:54:21 PM

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