Pictured: U.S. Army Chorus, the U.S. Army Color Guard, the U.S. Naval Academy Gospel Choir, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the United States Air Force Band's Ceremonial Brass. Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Tuesday, December 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network
Stephen Colbert will host "The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," to be broadcast Tuesday, December 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin are the 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees. CBS has broadcast the special each year since its debut 37 years ago.
“Stephen Colbert's creative and comedic genius is admired from Hollywood to New York to Washington, D.C.,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “We're thrilled to have him lend his showmanship, wit and immeasurable talents to this year's “The Kennedy Center Honors.”
“The Kennedy Center Honors" recognizes excellence on a national stage, and we are pleased that a man of Stephen’s accomplishment will host the show. He is best in class, and will no doubt undo any solemnity that might otherwise attend the occasion,” said Honors co-producer George Stevens, Jr., the recipient of 17 Emmy Awards who conceived the Honors in 1978.
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The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts – whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television – and are selected by the Center’s Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; over the years, the selection process has produced a balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.