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Kennedy Center Honors
Logotype symbolizing "a spectrum of many skills within the performing arts"
Awarded for Lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
Presented by Board of Trustees of the Kennedy Center
Country US
First awarded 1978
Official website Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture (regardless of their citizenship). The honors have been presented annually since 1978, culminating each December in a star-studded gala celebrating the honorees in the Kennedy Center Opera House.

Some of these artists were movie directors, play writers, and songwriters. Most of the recipients have been American. The President of the United States usually attends the awards ceremony. The Honors are given in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

From 1978 until 2002, the ceremony was hosted by Walter Cronkite. Since 2003, it has been hosted by Caroline Kennedy.

Recipients

President George W. Bush congratulates Tina Turner at the Kennedy Center Honors
President George W. Bush congratulates Tina Turner at the Kennedy Center Honors

1970s

1980s

2005 Kennedy Center honorees
2005 Kennedy Center Honorees, with President and Mrs. Bush

1990s

2000s

Kennedy Center honorees 2009 WhiteHouse Photo
Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen, Kennedy Center honorees 2009, with the President and the First Lady at the Blue Room, White House, Dec. 6, 2009

2010s

Secretary Clinton at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Secretary Clinton at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

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