Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen receive entertaining and heartfelt tributes at THE 32ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, tonight at 9:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.
Eminent artist friends and peers of this year’s five honorees converged in Washington, D.C., with Caroline Kennedy serving as host for the seventh consecutive year.
This annual event recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television. Keeping with tradition, the roster of performers and presenters remains secret prior to the gala, and a short biographical film is featured during each honoree’s tribute.
Performers and presenters include Roger Bart, Gary Beach, Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, Harry Connick, Jr., Cory English, Simon Estes, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Angela Gheorghiu, Herbie Hancock, Ben Harper, Shuler Hensley, Harvey Keitel, Ron Kovic, Jane Krakowski, Richard Kind, Frank Langella, John Mellencamp, Matthew Morrison, Jennifer Nettles, Edward Norton, Carl Reiner, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Martin Scorsese, Martin Short, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Sting, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep and Eddie Vedder.
President and Mrs. Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden sit with the honorees in the Presidential Box of the Opera House at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Kennedy described the five 2009 honorees as “a piano virtuoso from the California hills whose inspired rhythms made him America’s herald of a new age of jazz; a good fella from the mean streets of New York who redefined acting and made movie audiences an offer they couldn’t refuse; the little girl from a St. Louis church choir who could hit high C and became the diva we cheered in the houses of grand opera; a mischievous boy from Brooklyn who provoked billions of laughs by walking loudly and carrying a big schtick; and a rocker from the Jersey Shore who composed his own musical universe and – across America and the world – became the Boss.”
Don’t miss the big event, tonight at 9:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.