Stephen Colbert to Host "The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors"

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15 December 2014
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Kennedy Center Honors
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
"The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors"
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.
 
          Colbert stated, “I am stunned to be receiving a Kennedy Center Honor at such a young age. I thought it would be years before… I'm sorry. I’m being told I am HOSTING “The Kennedy Center Honors." Oh... Well, I'm glad. That makes a lot more sense.”
 
          “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. 
Kennedy Center Honorees
Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, and Lily Tomlin
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          In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the 2014 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.
 
          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.
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