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R. Kelly Honors Nelson Mandela on ‘Arsenio Hall Show’

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(Courtesy Randee St. Nicholas/ RCA Records)

(Courtesy Randee St. Nicholas/ RCA Records)

Last night (Dec. 5), hours after news of Nelson Mandela’s passing broke, R. Kelly took the stage on The Arsenio Hall Show to pay tribute to the Father of South Africa.

Kelly performed “Soldier’s Heart,” a song he says he wrote specifically for Mandela and performed for the former South African President in 2009. It was a sweet and subtle moment from the singer, who chose to ditch his sex genius schtick for a minute to sit behind the piano and just sing from the heart.

After his performance, Kelly talked about performing the song for Mandela in his living room, saying after he finished the song the former South African President just shook his head. “He was very happy and very honored, as I was to be in his presence,” Kelly explained.

Read more and watch the performance on Radio.com.

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