The 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors will be presented to singer and actress Cher, composer and pianist Philip Glass, Country music entertainer Reba McEntire, and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Additionally this year, the co-creators of Hamilton—writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and music director Alex Lacamoire—will receive a unique Kennedy Center Honors as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.
The 2018 Honorees will be saluted by today's leading performers in a star-studded celebration on the Opera House stage, Sun., Dec. 2.
The Honors Gala will be broadcast nationwide on CBS on Wed., Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.
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"The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes exceptional artists who have made enduring and indelible marks on our culture," stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
"The world looks to America for its creative instincts and artistic courage," said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. "This year’s slate of Honorees represents the pinnacle of our nation’s originality and the rich mosaic of diverse perspectives and art forms that has come to define who we are as a people."
2018 Kennedy Center Honors Executive Producers: Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, White Cherry Entertainment, Founding Producer: George Stevens, Jr.