Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Al Green, Patricia McBride, and Sting were honored at this weekend’s Kennedy Center Honors. The prestigious awards brought a host of stars to Washington, including former honorees such as Meryl Streep and Bruce Springsteen, and future Honors hopefuls such as Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Esperanza Spalding, Usher, and Stephen Colbert, the night’s master of ceremonies. Also in attendance were the capital’s biggest stars, the President and First Lady.
Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga were among the stars performing at the ceremony, as part of a tribute to each honoree. On the red carpet, Lady Gaga wowed the crowd with a white dress and cape, topped with sparking eyebrows. First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled in a Monique Lhuillier gown.
The Kennedy Center Honors recognize lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts and are one of the most prestigious arts awards in the country. Only five individuals across all performing arts fields are recognized each year.
Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein offered a brief statement on this year’s honorees:
“Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”
The honorees all seemed to enjoy their tributes, especially Al Green.
Arts-supporting celebrities turned out in full force.
Shot of the night…
The Kennedy Center Honors will air on December 30 on CBS.