Adam Lambert, Little Big Town, St. Vincent, More Perform At Kennedy Center Honors; CBS Special Airs On December 26

The ceremony took place over the weekend.

Kennedy Honors | John P Filo/CBS

This past weekend, entertainment notables took part in the annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.

Featuring presentations and performances, the ceremony paid tribute to this year’s honorees: Reba McEntire, Cher, Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass and the “Hamilton” creators.

CBS will be airing the event as a two-hour broadcast on Wednesday, December 26. The show will run from 8-10PM ET/PT.

Ahead of the special, CBS shared a breakdown of this year’s program.


8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT


Filmed in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Dec. 2


Gloria Estefan

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress


Reba McEntire

Multiple GRAMMY Award, ACM Award and CMA Award-winning country music entertainer



Bobby Bones (Spoken Tribute)

Radio personality, author, comedian and musician

Kelly Clarkson (Performs “Fancy”)

Multiple GRAMMY Award, ACM Award and CMA Award-winning singer and songwriter

Lady Antebellum (Performs “Is There Life Out There”/“The Greatest Man I Never Knew”)

Multiple GRAMMY Award, ACM Award and CMA Award-winning country music group

Melissa Peterman (Spoken Tribute)

Actress, television host and comedian

Kristin Chenoweth (Performs “Doin’ What Comes Naturally”)

Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actress and singer

Brooks & Dunn (Performs “Why Haven’t I Heard From You”)

Multiple GRAMMY Award, ACM Award and CMA Award-winning country music duo


Wayne Shorter

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning jazz saxophonist and composer



Jason Moran (Spoken Tribute)

GRAMMY Award-nominated jazz pianist and composer

Wayne Shorter Tribute Jazz Band (Performs “Over Shadow Hill Way”/“Joy Ryder”)

Musicians: Alex Acuña, Brian Blade, Tineke Postma

Terri Lyne Carrington, Alphonso Johnson, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez Tineke Postma

Herbie Hancock (Performs “Footprints”/“Endangered Species”/“Elegant People”)

2013 Kennedy Center Honoree and multiple GRAMMY Award-winning pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor

Esperanza Spalding (Performs “Elegant People”/“Endangered Species”)

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning jazz bassist and singer

Bernie Williams (Spoken Tribute)

Latin GRAMMY Award-nominated musician

Renée Fleming (Performs “Aurora Leigh”)

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning opera singer


“Hamilton” Co-Creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail,

Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire

Multiple Tony Award and GRAMMY Award-winning musical about the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton



Anthony Ramos (Spoken Tribute)

GRAMMY Award-winning actor

Renée Elise Goldsberry (Performs “Schuyler Sisters”)

GRAMMY Award and Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter

Jasmine Cephas Jones (Performs “Schuyler Sisters”)

GRAMMY Award-winning stage and screen actress

Phillipa Soo (Performs “Schuyler Sisters”)

GRAMMY Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress and singer

Christopher Jackson (Performs “One Last Time” with Voices of America Youth Choir)

GRAMMY Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actor, singer and musician

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Performs “One Last Time” with Voices of America Youth Choir)

Emmy Award, GRAMMY Award and Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, playwright, singer and actor


Philip Glass

Golden Globe Award-winning and GRAMMY Award, Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominated composer



Paul Simon (Spoken Tribute)

Multiple GRAMMY Award and Emmy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor

Jon Batiste (Performs “Opening” from “Glassworks”)

Musician and bandleader for THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT

Philip Glass Ensemble with the Washington Chorus (Performs “The Grid” from “Koyaaniquatsi”)

Anjelique Kidjo (Spoken Tribute)

GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter, actress and activist

Annie Clark (St. Vincent) (Performs “Osamu’s Theme”)

GRAMMY Award-winning musician, singer, songwriter and record producer

Jennifer Koh (Performs “Osamu’s Theme”/”Knee Play 5”)

GRAMMY Award-nominated accomplished violinist

S. Epatha Merkerson (Performs “Knee Play 5” from “Einstein on the Beach”)

Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning, and Tony Award- nominated, film, stage and television actress



Emmy Award, GRAMMY Award and Academy Award-winning singer and actress



Whoopi Goldberg (Spoken Tribute)

Emmy Award, GRAMMY Award, Academy Award and Tony Award-winning actress, comedian, author and television host

Little Big Town (Performs “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”/“I Found Someone”/”Baby Don’t Go”)

GRAMMY Award-winning country music group

Amanda Seyfreid (Spoken Tribute)

Actress, model and singer-songwriter

Adam Lambert (Performs “Believe”)

GRAMMY Award-nominated singer, songwriter and actor

Cyndi Lauper (Performs “(If I Could) Turn Back Time”)

Emmy Award, GRAMMY Award and Tony Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist

Finale Tribute Performance (Performance of “I Got You Babe” by Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper)

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