The 46th Kennedy Center Honors this year was a celebration of artistic talents, featuring musical icons Dionne Warwick, Renee Fleming, Queen Latifah, and Barry Gibb, alongside actor Billy Crystal. The event honors a select group of people every year for their artistic influences on American culture.
The event began with a tribute to Warwick, highlighting her collaboration with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and included performances by various artists. Crystal's tribute stood out for recognizing a comedian. The last time a comedian was honored was Bob Hope in 1985! Queen Latifah, meanwhile, was the first female rapper to receive the award.
President Joe Biden celebrated the arts in a speech. "Performing arts is more than just sound. They reflect who we are as Americans. And as human beings. That's especially true for more than 200 Kennedy Center Honorees over the past 46 years…because of their unique place in the conscience, and the very soul of our dynamic and diverse nation.” CBS will air the 46th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 27th.