On Thursday (Jan. 22), the Sundance Film Festival kicked off in Park City, Utah. During the first night of festivities, the documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? about singer-civil rights activist Nina Simone premiered for the patrons.
R&B singer John Legend paid homage to the Simone by performing three of her most-notable songs including “Lilac Wine,” “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”
Before performing the latter song, Legend shared his admiration for Simone and what it meant to be Sundance celebrating her documentary. “I’m so grateful to be here today honoring the legacy of the wonderful, powerful, dynamic, super-talented Nina Simone,” he said. “I find myself studying her versions of all kinds of songs, thinking about her words, thinking about her boldness, thinking about her commitment to justice. I’m truly humbled to be here tonight to honor her legacy.”
Watch John Legend perform his rendition of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” below.