Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman & Bill T. Jones
CBS will air its annual telecast of the ceremonies on December 28, 2010.
The Kennedy Center held its annual Honors, which started in 1978, on Sunday night. Three of the honorees are pretty well known and Jerry Herman is being recognized as a composer-lyricist and Bill T. Jones is an avant-garde choreographer. Kennedy Center honorees get escorted through a weekend of events, from a State Department brunch to a White House visit to the evening's honoree gala.
Prominents participating in the event or attending included: Willie Nelson, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury Alec Baldwin, Steven Tyler, Norah Jones, Dave Grohl, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt (providing the Beatles covers), Julia Roberts, Claire Danes, playwright Edward Albee (speaking on behalf of honoree Bill T. Jones), Jennifer Hudson, Barbara Walters, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Mavis Staples, John Lithgow, Gayle King, Oprah, Nancy Pelosi, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Mary-Louise Parker, among others.
Tickets prices ranged from $350 to $5,000. (Wash Post, 12/6/2010)