The Kennedy Center Honors is one issue that can always bring Washington D.C.’s political class together. The Honors bring together legends from the arts in a celebration of their lives and careers. Tonight CBS broadcasts “The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors”. This year’s honorees are Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine.
What makes the Kennedy Center Honors so interesting, besides the President and First Lady being in attendance, are the performances and speeches in honor of the inductees. It creates an atmosphere that fosters magical must see TV. A great example of the explosive performances in store was Bettye Levette’s 2008 performance of Love Reign O’er Me in honor of “The Who”.
The 2013 lineup is chock full of honorees with great catalogs for performers to choose from. Here’s the promo from CBS with a bit of what’s in store for tonight’s brand new Kennedy Center inductees.
And here’s the press conference President Obama held with the five honorees. It’s a great way to learn more about the backgrounds of this year’s inductees.
Be there tonight on CBS when all of D.C. turns out to honor some America’s greatest artists.
Date: Sunday, December 29th
Episode Title: “The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors”
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Online Stream: CBS.com