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On December 3, 2017, the Kennedy Center will hold its 40th annual national celebration of the arts – The Kennedy Center Honors. The 2017 recipients are American dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Cuban American singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, American hip hop artist and entertainment icon LL COOL J, American television writer and producer Norman Lear, and American musician and record producer Lionel Richie.
"The Kennedy Center Honors spotlights the extraordinary careers of five artists whose talent and ingenuity have enriched and shaped cultural life in America," stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
"Each of this year's Honorees became known to and loved by the world because of their complete originality and bold genius," said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. "They are creators of the highest order, and as President Kennedy's living memorial, the Kennedy Center is proud to shine a light on their boundless 'contributions to the human spirit.'"
In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the 2017 Honorees will be saluted by today's leading performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world through performances and tributes.
On August 19, 2017, the White House announced that the President of the United States and the First Lady will not participate in 2017 Kennedy Center Honors activities. In response, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Deborah F. Rutter said: "The Kennedy Center respects the decision made today by the office of the President of the United States. In choosing not to participate in this year's Honors activities, the Administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the Honorees. We are grateful for this gesture."
The State Department Dinner and Awards Ceremony on December 2 and the Honors Gala on December 3 will continue as planned. All Honorees—Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear, and Lionel Richie—are expected to attend the weekend's Honors events. The December 3 pre-gala White House Reception will no longer take place.
The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Network for the 40th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Tuesday, December 26 at 9 p.m. ET.
2017 Kennedy Center Honors Executive Producers: Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, White Cherry Entertainment, Founding Producer: George Stevens, Jr.
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HONORS_171203_227.JPG: Brad Forder (Environmental Film Festival)
HONORS_171203_251.JPG: Mackenzie Phillips
HONORS_171203_268.JPG: Leona Lewis
HONORS_171203_271.JPG: Leona Lewis
HONORS_171203_281.JPG: Robin Davisson, David Skorton
HONORS_171203_287.JPG: Eva Longoria
HONORS_171203_323.JPG: David Gregory
HONORS_171203_330.JPG: Quincy Jones
HONORS_171203_339.JPG: Donnie Simpson
HONORS_171203_351.JPG: Arlene Kogod, Robert Kogod
HONORS_171203_355.JPG: Luke Bryan
HONORS_171203_365.JPG: Kennedy Center Honor 2017 recipient Lionel Richie
HONORS_171203_377.JPG: Artist and, with real estate husband Robert H. Smith, a prominent donor to art venues in the area (including the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland), Clarice Smith passed on December 9, 2021. She's seen here at the Kennedy Center Honors back in 2017.
HONORS_171203_386.JPG: Julie Andrews
HONORS_171203_397.JPG: Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest
HONORS_171203_407.JPG: Denyce Graves (center)
HONORS_171203_425.JPG: Nancy Pelosi
Wikipedia Description: Kennedy Center Honors
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The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to artists in the performing arts. The Honors ceremony is one of the highlights in the cultural life of the United States. The Honors was the brainchild of George Stevens, Jr. (who remains involved), and he and his partner, the late Nick Vanoff, put together the first event in 1978. Since then, the Honors have been presented annually in Washington, D.C., during gala weekend-long events which culminate in a performance for—and honoring—the Honorees at the Kennedy Center Opera House.
Each year the Kennedy Center's national artists committee and past honorees, (such as Carol Burnett and Bill Cosby) present recommendations for proposed Honorees to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Honors recognize a lifetime of contributions to American culture through the performing arts, whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television. On six occasions the five-person list has been expanded where a creative or artistic team or couple was selected, as was the case in two instances in 1991, where both the Nicholas Brothers and Comden and Green were jointly honored, bringing that year's list to seven.
The announcement is made in the Fall, with the ceremony held over a weekend in early December. The gala performance is broadcast on television between Christmas and the New Year. The last event was aired on December 26, 2006 by CBS. The 2007 honorees were announced on September 11, 2007.
The weekend-long ceremony consists of lunch, dinner, reception, and a performance introducing and honoring the new Honorees. The lunch is on Saturday at the Kennedy Center, with a welcoming speech by the President of the Board of Trustees. At that evening's reception and dinner at the State Department, presided over by the Secretary of State, the year's Honorees are introduced. On Sunday, there is an early evening White House reception with the President of the United States, who will then hang a specially designed ribboned award around their necks.
The performance takes place Sunday evening at the Opera House in the Kennedy Center; the Honorees (wearing their medals) and guests sitting in the front of the Box Tier, a few seats away from the President and the First Family. The Honorees do not appear on stage nor do they speak to the general audience. The show consists of events from the recipients' lives, presented documentary style in film and live onstage, with the complete list of guest performers kept secret until the show is in progress. George Stevens, Jr. said: "Our tradition of surprises and surprise guests is particularly special..." For example, for Dolly Parton, a 2006 Honoree, Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss and Shania Twain performed.
The 2007 ceremony and honors presentation was held December 1 and 2, 2007 during a gala weekend in Washington. The two-hour event will be televised December 26, 2007 on CBS.
Recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors:
There have been 157 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors:
* 1978 — Marian Anderson, Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Richard Rodgers, and Arthur Rubinstein
* 1979 — Aaron Copland, Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Fonda, Martha Graham, and Tennessee Williams
* 1980 — Leonard Bernstein, James Cagney, Agnes de Mille, Lynn Fontanne, and Leontyne Price
* 1981 — Count Basie, Cary Grant, Helen Hayes, Jerome Robbins, and Rudolf Serkin
* 1982 — George Abbott, Lillian Gish, Benny Goodman, Gene Kelly, and Eugene Ormandy
* 1983 — Katherine Dunham, Elia Kazan, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, and Virgil Thomson
* 1984 — Lena Horne, Danny Kaye, Gian Carlo Menotti, Arthur Miller, and Isaac Stern
* 1985 — Merce Cunningham, Irene Dunne, Bob Hope, Lerner and Loewe, and Beverly Sills
* 1986 — Lucille Ball, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Yehudi Menuhin, Antony Tudor, and Ray Charles
* 1987 — Perry Como, Bette Davis, Sammy Davis Jr, Nathan Milstein, and Alwin Nikolais
* 1988 — Alvin Ailey, George Burns, Myrna Loy, Alexander Schneider, and Roger L. Stevens
* 1989 — Harry Belafonte, Claudette Colbert, Alexandra Danilova, Mary Martin, and William Schuman
* 1990 — Dizzy Gillespie, Katharine Hepburn, Risë Stevens, Jule Styne, and Billy Wilder
* 1991 — Roy Acuff, Comden and Green, Fayard and Harold Nicholas, Gregory Peck, and Robert Shaw
* 1992 — Lionel Hampton, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Ginger Rogers, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Paul Taylor
* 1993 — Johnny Carson, Arthur Mitchell, Sir Georg Solti, Stephen Sondheim, and Marion Williams
* 1994 — Kirk Douglas, Aretha Franklin, Morton Gould, Harold Prince, and Pete Seeger
* 1995 — Jacques d'Amboise, Marilyn Horne, B.B. King, Sidney Poitier, and Neil Simon
* 1996 — Edward Albee, Benny Carter, Johnny Cash, Jack Lemmon, and Maria Tallchief
* 1997 — Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, Charlton Heston, Jessye Norman, and Edward Villella
* 1998 — Bill Cosby, Fred Ebb & John Kander, Willie Nelson, André Previn, and Shirley Temple Black
* 1999 — Victor Borge, Sean Connery, Judith Jamison, Jason Robards, and Stevie Wonder
* 2000 — Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chuck Berry, Plácido Domingo, Clint Eastwood, and Angela Lansbury
* 2001 — Julie Andrews, Van Cliburn, Quincy Jones, Jack Nicholson, and Luciano Pavarotti
* 2002 — James Earl Jones, James Levine, Chita Rivera, Paul Simon, and Elizabeth Taylor
* 2003 — James Brown, Carol Burnett, Loretta Lynn, Mike Nichols, and Itzhak Perlman
* 2004 — Warren Beatty, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Elton John, Joan Sutherland, and John Williams
* 2005 — Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford, and Tina Turner
* 2006 — Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Steven Spielberg, and Andrew Lloyd Webber
* 2007 — Leon Fleisher, Steve Martin, Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese and Brian Wilson
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