Here are the people who are planning on attending the annual Kennedy Center Honors on the evening of December 2:
Here are two people who will not be in attendance that night, for the second year in a row: the President and the First Lady, who reports are saying are considering skipping the event. It would be the first time a White House has neglected to make an appearance at consecutive Kennedy Center Honors.
Last year’s honorees included Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Carmen de Lavallade, and television pioneer Norman Lear. Traditionally, the annual celebration of lifetime achievement in the arts is hosted by the First Family. In past years, the ceremony has produced moments like the late Aretha Franklin’s rousing 2015 performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” as a tribute to the song’s writer Carole King.
2018 marks the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors celebration, all of which have been broadcast on CBS. This year, the network will air an abridged recording of the evening’s festivities on December 26.