On December 4, 2016, The Kennedy Center held its 39th annual celebration of the arts – The Kennedy Center Honors. Honorees included: Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, rock band the Eagles, screen and stage actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and musician James Taylor.
“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates the spectacular talents of artists whose brilliance has left a lasting impact on our society,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
“Reflecting on the powerful commitments these artists have made to their crafts as well as the cultural contributions they have made over the course of their illustrious careers is a humbling experience,” commented Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.
In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, hosted by Stephen Colbert, the 2016 Honorees were saluted by artistic colleagues and friends, including some of today’s leading performers and living legends. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees enjoyed the recognition and gratitude of their peers through performances and tributes.