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Video: Jeff Beck Honors Buddy Guy with "I'd Rather Go Blind"

The 35th-annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night, December 26, on CBS.

And while honorees Led Zeppelin seem to have received the most media attention of late, blues guitar great Buddy Guy also was honored.

The special, which was recorded in Washington, DC, on December 2, featured a performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Jeff Beck and singer Beth Hart. The classic blues track, which is credited to Ellington Jordan and Billy Foster, was made famous by Etta James.

You can check out the video below.

Guy received tributes from Gary Clark Jr., Tracy Chapman and Bonnie Raitt during the event.

The 90-minute awards show, which also recognized Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman and ballerina Natalia Makarova, drew more than 8 million viewers last night.

Guy released a new live album, Live at Legends, earlier this month.


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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.