Stars turn out to salute Carole King

LOS ANGELES – Carole King’s gift as a songwriter is all about connection – friends, lovers, strangers experiencing deep emotions not often exposed to each other.

Over the decades, King has made that connection with untold millions of fans. Some of those fans came out to honor the songwriter as MusiCares person of the year Friday night as part of the build up to Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Among them, lifelong friend James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga, who thanked King for getting her through some difficult years before she found fame as a songwriter herself.

Gaga told the crowd she used to lock herself in her father’s man room as a high school student and listen to “You’ve Got a Friend” over and over.

Toward the end of the song, Gaga modified the lyrics: “You’ve got a friend, yes you do, Carole, I love you.”