The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual event that celebrates individuals in the United States who have made outstanding contributions to the performing arts. Established in 1977, the Kennedy Center Honors recognize lifetime artistic achievement in various fields, including music, dance, theater, opera, and film.
The 46th Kennedy Center Honors recipients, chosen by the Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees, have been officially announced.
Among the honorees are actor and comedian Billy Crystal, celebrated soprano Renée Fleming, singer-songwriter and Bee Gees member Barry Gibb, actress, singer, and rapper Queen Latifah, and singer Dionne Warwick.
During the Honors ceremony, held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the honorees are celebrated through a series of performances, tributes, and speeches. Prominent artists and personalities from the entertainment industry come together to pay homage to the recipients, showcasing their talent and highlighting their contributions to the arts.
Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter admired the honorees, highlighting their ability to push artistic boundaries, explore new territories, and generously share their talents with the world. Rutter also acknowledged the privilege of honoring Queen Latifah, recognizing her influential role as the “First Lady of Hip Hop” during the 50th anniversary of this uniquely American cultural art form.
Chairman David M. Rubenstein commended Billy Crystal for his unforgettable stand-up comedy and iconic moments in Hollywood over the past five decades. He acknowledged Barry Gibb for his groundbreaking impact on the music industry in the 1960s, shaping the modern dance era. Rubenstein recognized Renée Fleming for her luminous voice and her ability to bring opera into the mainstream, while Dionne Warwick was praised for creating a rich catalog of hits that have inspired generations of artists and audiences.
The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, hosted by singer and 2017 honoree Gloria Estefan, will be televised on CBS and streamed on Paramount+ on December 3rd. This will mark Estefan’s third time hosting this prestigious event.