Kennedy Center Honors

One of my favorite shows to watch in December is the Kennedy Center Honors. 

Here are the 2016 Honorees.

2016’s honorees, including pianist Martha Argerich, rock legends The Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Here is how these honorees were honor on the show. 

Stephen Colbert

Attended By:
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

James Taylor

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
President William Jefferson Clinton (Spoken Tribute)
Darius Rucker (Performs “Sweet Baby James”/”Carolina in My Mind”)
Sheryl Crow (Performs “Fire & Rain”/”Your Smiling Face”)
Yo-Yo Ma (Spoken Tribute)
Garth Brooks (Performs “Shower the People”)
James Taylor Tribute Cast (Performs “How Sweet It Is”)

Al Pacino

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
Chris O’Donnell (Spoken Tribute and Tango Performance from “Scent of a Woman” with Gabrielle Anwar)
Bobby Cannavale (Spoken Tribute)
Lily Rabe (Performance Tribute)
Laurence Fishburne (Performance Tribute)
Kevin Spacey (Spoken Tribute)
Gabrielle Anwar (Tango Performance from “Scent of a Woman” with Chris O’Donnell)
Sean Penn (Spoken Tribute)

Mavis Staples

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
Bonnie Raitt (Spoken Tribute and Performance of “We Shall Not Be Moved”/”Freedom Highway” with Andra Day)
Elle King (Performs “Respect Yourself”/”I’ll Take You There”)
Don Cheadle (Spoken Tribute)
Andra Day (Performs “We Shall Not Be Moved”/”Freedom Highway” with Bonnie Raitt)

Martha Argerich

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
Jeff Goldblum (Spoken Tribute)
Itzhak Perlman (Performs “Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, in G, Op. 30, No. 3. Allegro Vivace (Third Movement)” with Yefim Bronfman)
Yefim Bronfman (Performs “Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, in G, Op. 30, No. 3. Allegro Vivace (Third Movement)” with Itzhak Perlman)
Placido Domingo (Spoken Tribute)
Yuja Wang (Performs “Piazzola Grand Tango”)

John F. Kennedy Tribute Segment:
Jack Schlossberg, Rose Schlossberg and Tatiana Schlossberg Grandchildren of John F. Kennedy (Spoken Tribute)
Cynthia Erivo (Performs “The Impossible Dream” from the Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha”)

The Eagles

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
Ringo Starr (Spoken Tribute)
Kings of Leon (Performs “Take It Easy”)
Vince Gill (Performs “Peaceful Easy Feeling”)
Bob Seger (Performs “Heartache Tonight”)
Juanes (Performs “Hotel California” with Steve Vai and Steuart Smith)
Steve Vai (Performs “Hotel California” with Juanes and Steuart Smith)
Steuart Smith (Performs “Hotel California” with Juanes and Steve Vai)
Eagles Tribute Cast (Performs “Life in the Fast Lane”)

Side Note:

The honor for the Eagles in particular will be bittersweet, as founding member Glenn Frey died in January. The group was scheduled to be honored in 2015 but postponed due to Frey’s declining health. Band members Don HenleyJoe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit are expected to attend the ceremony. (From Los Angeles Times by Mark Olsen.)

Once again, the Kennedy Center Honors show is as entertaining as in previous years. Let’s see who will be honored in 2017. 


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