This weekend, Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the country's highest honors for performers.
Actress Anna Kendrick was invited to do a musical number in Shirley's honor, and the pressure was on: in addition to performing in front of the honoree herself, Anna had to sing and dance live in front of Tony winner Sutton Foster, musical legends Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder, and even President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama!
But Anna showed composure in her performance, where she sang Broadway song "It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish" in honor of Shirley's longtime stage career.
The 28-year-old sounded great, and it's clear that she's headed for more musical success in the future. After her role in the cult movie Pitch Perfect, where her character joins an a cappella group, Anna will be starring in two movies based on beloved Broadway shows: Into the Woods and The Last Five Years.