His­toric Kennedy hon­ors

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Libby Hill

The Kennedy Center Hon­ors announced a his­toric crop of hon­orees for 2017 on Thurs­day, in­clud­ing the first Cuban Amer­i­can, singer-song­writer Glo­ria Este­fan, and the first hip-hop artist, LL Cool J, to earn the dis­tinc­tion.

Round­ing out the hon­orees are ac­tress, dancer, chore­og­ra­pher and Los Angeles na­tive Car­men de Laval­lade, tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Nor­man Lear and singer-song­writer Lionel Richie.

“This is a truly ex­cep­tional slate of hon­orees — made even more spe­cial by the fact that we will honor th­ese artists as we also cel­e­brate four decades of the Kennedy Center Hon­ors,” said Kennedy Center Pres­i­dent Deb­o­rah F. Rut­ter in the same state­ment.

Kennedy Center Hon­ors re­cip­i­ents are rec­og­nized for their life­long con­tri­bu­tions to the per­form­ing arts, in­clud­ing dance, mu­sic, theater, opera, mo­tion pic­tures or tele­vi­sion.

This year’s hon­orees will be feted at a gala at the Kennedy Center Opera House Dec. 3, which CBS will broad­cast Dec. 26.

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