It's Good to Be King
Judging by the talent pool onstage, she wasn't alone. The benefit concert, which celebrated PEOPLE'S 25th anniversary and raised nearly $1 million for charity, attracted an eclectic mix of performers that also included James Taylor, Luther Vandross, Mavis Staples, 98°, Rickie Lee Jones, Trisha Year-wood, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Chrissie Hynde, Brian McKnight and the Jazzmen. After the show, some 900 guests nibbled smoked salmon and filet of beef at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom. "There was such a warm, special feeling," said singer Sherry Goffin-Kondor, King's daughter with Gerry Goffin, King's former husband and lyricist. Mom couldn't agree more. "This," said a moist-eyed King, 57, "is an amazing night."