Robert Plant wrote “Stairway to Heaven” 44 years ago, tears up when he hears this rendition of it


Back in December 2012, CBS aired its annual broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors, an event dedicated to awarding those who have achieved great things in the performing arts world. One of the honorees for this year’s awards included the legendary British classic rock band, Led Zeppelin.

Formed in London, England, in 1968, Led Zeppelin went on to release several amazing albums and a few of the greatest hits of all time. One of these hit songs was “Stairway to Heaven.” Released in 1971, critics often refer to it as one of the greatest rock songs ever created.

During the Kennedy Center Honors, Ann and Nancy Wilson from the band Heart came onstage for a live performance. To honor Led Zeppelin as one of the event’s winners that year, the duo sang a rendition of “Stairway to Heaven” that instantly went viral with over fourteen million views on YouTube. Joining them onstage was the late Led Zeppelin’s drummer’s son Jason on the drums.

The lead singer of the group, Robert Plant, was in attendance that night. It must have been a unique experience for him to hear a song that he performed years ago. In fact, he was so touched and moved by the cover that he broke down in tears by the end of the performance.

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