It was a rare public performance for Streisand, who was introduced by Prince as “very simply the one and only.” She hasn’t toured since 2007 in Europe.
Backed by an orchestra, she sang “The Way We Were,” ”Evergreen,” ”Happy Days Are Here Again,” ”I Finally Found Someone,” ”Windmills of Your Mind” and another song from a new album she is currently recording.
Streisand poured herself a cup of tea between songs and gripped the mic stand with her left hand.
“I love music for what it does to the soul, how it elevates the moment, the emotions,” she said. “I love music for what it’s given me. It gave me a job when I couldn’t get a job as an actress. I love how music binds us together. It also reflects the times we live in.”
Streisand is nominated for best traditional pop vocal album for “Love is the Answer” at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. She will perform on the CBS telecast and be introduced by “A Star is Born” co-star Kris Kristofferson.
Friday’s dinner and auction produced the highest grossing evening in the tribute’s 21-year history, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said.
MusiCares, run by the Recording Academy, provides financial assistance to individuals in the music industry during times of need.