Historic Kennedy honors
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.