Extraordinary Group of Renowned Artists Gather to Salute Honorees at the "39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors"

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 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
2016 Kennedy Center Honorees
Standing, left to right: Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit
Seated, left to right: Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Martha Argerich, James Taylor
Photo: John P. Filo/CBS
"39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors"
Tuesday, December 27 at 9 PM ET/PT on CBS

 
          The special will be hosted by Stephen Colbert and attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama. Honorees and presenters include:
 

HONOREE:
• James Taylor
  Multiple Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist
 
TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/PERFORMERS: 
 
• President William Jefferson Clinton (Spoken Tribute)
  42nd President of the United States (1993-2001)
 
• Darius Rucker (Performs “Sweet Baby James”/“Carolina in My Mind”)
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter
 
• Sheryl Crow (Performs “Fire & Rain”/“Your Smiling Face”)
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning musician
 
• Yo-Yo Ma (Spoken Tribute)
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning cellist; 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree
 
• Garth Brooks (Performs “Shower the People”)
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning country singer-songwriter
 
• James Taylor Tribute Cast (Performs “How Sweet It Is”)
 
HONOREE: 
• Al Pacino
  Academy Award, Tony Award, Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, filmmaker and screenwriter
 
TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/PERFORMERS:  

Chris O’Donnell (Spoken Tribute and Tango Performance from “Scent of a Woman” with Gabrielle Anwar)
  Golden Globe Award nominated actor
 
• Bobby Cannavale (Spoken Tribute)
  Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award nominated actor
 
• Lily Rabe (Performance Tribute)
  Tony Award nominated actress
 
• Laurence Fishburne (Performance Tribute)
  Academy Award nominee, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning actor, playwright, director and producer
 
• Kevin Spacey (Spoken Tribute)
  Multiple Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Tony Award-winning actor, director, producer, screenwriter and singer
 
• Gabrielle Anwar (Tango Performance from “Scent of a Woman” with Chris O’Donnell)
  Actress
 
• Sean Penn (Spoken Tribute)
  Academy Award-winning actor and filmmaker
 
HONOREE: 
Mavis Staples
  Grammy Award-winning gospel and blues singer and actress
 
TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/PERFORMERS:
  
• Bonnie Raitt (Spoken Tribute and Performance of “We Shall Not Be Moved”/“Freedom Highway” with Andra Day)
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter; inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000
 
• Elle King (Performs “Respect Yourself”/“I’ll Take You There”)
  Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter and actress
 
• Don Cheadle (Spoken Tribute)
  Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, writer, producer and director
 
• Andra Day (Performs “We Shall Not Be Moved”/“Freedom Highway” with Bonnie Raitt)
  Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter
 
HONOREE:  
• Martha Argerich
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning Argentinian pianist
 
TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/PERFORMERS: 

• Jeff Goldblum (Spoken Tribute)
  Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated actor
 
• Itzhak Perlman (Performs “Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, in G, Op. 30, No. 3. Allegro Vivace (Third Movement)” with Yefim Bronfman)
Multiple Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning violinist and conductor; 2003 Kennedy Center Honoree
 
• Yefim Bronfman (Performs “Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, in G, Op. 30, No. 3. Allegro Vivace (Third Movement)” with Itzhak Perlman)
Classical pianist
 
• Placido Domingo (Spoken Tribute)
  Multiple Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and conductor, Kennedy Center Honoree
 
• Yuja Wang (Performs “Piazzola Grand Tango”)
  Classical pianist
 
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”)
  Tony Award-winning actress and singer
 
HONOREE: 
• Eagles
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning rock band, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998
 
TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/PERFORMERS: 

Ringo Starr (Spoken Tribute)
 Founding member of the Beatles; Academy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter and actor; inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015
 
• Kings of Leon (Performs “Take It Easy”)
  Grammy Award-winning American rock band
 
• Vince Gill (Performs “Peaceful Easy Feeling”)
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
 
• Bob Seger (Performs “Heartache Tonight”)
  Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004
 
• Juanes (Performs “Hotel California” with Steve Vai and Steuart Smith)
  Multiple Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning musician
 
• Steve Vai (Performs “Hotel California” with Juanes and Steuart Smith)
  Multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer, composer, songwriter and producer
 
• Steuart Smith (Performs “Hotel California” with Juanes and Steve Vai)
  Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, writer and producer
 
• Eagles Tribute Cast (Performs “Life in the Fast Lane”)
 
 
 

 


 
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