Kennedy Center Honors Pay Tribute To Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan & More

Kennedy center honors, lionel richie, gloria estefan, ll cool jThe Kennedy Center Honors honored actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL COOL J, television writer and producer Norman Lear and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie.

They were recognized during THE 40th ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS on Sunday night, which will air Tuesday, Dec. 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. 

The following star performers and figures paid tribute to each honoree....

HONOREE:

Gloria Estefan

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and businesswoman

TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/

PERFORMERS:

Eva Longoria (Spoken Tribute)

Actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman

 

 

The Cast of “On Your Feet! The Musical” (Performs “1, 2, 3”)

Broadway musical based on the life and music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan

 

 

Chaka Khan (Performs “Coming Out of the Dark” with the Howard University Gospel Choir)

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist

 

 

Jon Secada (Spoken Tribute)

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer and songwriter

 

 

Becky G (Performs “Mi Tierra”)

Singer, songwriter, rapper, actress and model

 

 

Emily Estefan (Performs “Reach”)

Daughter of Gloria and Emilio Estefan; drummer, guitarist, singer and songwriter

 

 

Miami Sound Machine (Performs “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”/“Oye”/ “Conga”/“Turn the Beat Around”/“Everlasting Love”/“Get on Your Feet”)

Latin-influenced band established by Emilio Estefan Jr. featuring the vocals of Gloria Estefan

 

HONOREE:

Norman Lear

Multiple Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning television writer, producer and political activist

TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/

PERFORMERS:

J.J. Abrams (Spoken Tribute)

Multiple Emmy Award-winning director, producer, screenwriter, actor and composer

 

 

United States Airforce Singing Sergeants (Performs “America, the Beautiful”)

 

 

Dave Chappelle (Spoken Tribute)

Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, writer and producer

 

 

Rob Reiner (Performance Tribute from “All in the Family”)

Multiple Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, director, producer and activist

 

 

Rachel Bloom (Performance Tribute from “Maude”)

Actress, comedian, writer and producer, currently starring in the television series CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

 

 

Kenya Barris (Performance Tribute from “Good Times”)

Writer, producer and creator of numerous television shows and winner of the NAACP Image Award for “Black-ish”

 

 

Anthony Anderson (Performance Tribute from “The Jeffersons”)

Actor, comedian and writer; star and creator of the television comedy “Black-ish”

 

 

Rita Moreno (Performance Tribute from “One Day at a Time”)

Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award, Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning actress and singer; 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree

 

HONOREE:

LL COOL J

Rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur

TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/

PERFORMERS:

Queen Latifah (Spoken Tribute)

GRAMMY Award, Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, rapper, songwriter, singer, actress, model, television and record producer

 

 

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Spoken Tribute)

GRAMMY Award-winning instrumentalist, DJ and producer; co-founder of the band The Roots

 

 

DJ Z-Trip (Performance Tribute)

DJ and record producer

 

 

Busta Rhymes (Performs “Mama Said Knock You Out”)

Rapper, actor and record producer

 

 

MC Lyte (Performs “I’m Bad”)

Pioneering female rapper

 

 

Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (Performs “It Gets No Rougher”)

Rapper, lead MC and co-founder of the band The Roots

 

 

Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels (Performs “Rock the Bells”)

Musician; founding member of the hip hop group Run-D.M.C.

 

 

HONOREE:

Carmen de Lavallade

Actress, dancer and choreographer

TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/

PERFORMERS:

Meryl Streep (Spoken Tribute)

Multiple Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award-winning actress and philanthropist

 

 

Jon Batiste (Performs “Soul Bossa Nova” with dancers Stella Abrera and Brandon Victor Dixon)

Singer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, comedian and bandleader for THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT

 

 

Sheléa Frazier (Performs “Wade in the Water” with dancers Alicia Graf Mack, Linda Celeste Sims and Matthew Rushing)

Singer and songwriter

 

 

Jacqueline Bolier (Performs “Deux Bourées: N’aï Pas léu De MîO” with dancer Lindsey Croop)

Vocalist

 

 

Misty Copeland (Spoken Tribute)

Ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theater

 

 

Rebecca Luker

(Performs “Bill” with dancers Misty Copeland and Tony nominee Robert Fairchild)

Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and singer

 

 

Finale Tribute Performance (Performance of“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” featuring all of the Carmen de Lavallade tribute participants and the Howard University Gospel Choir)

 

 

HONOREE:

Lionel Richie

Multiple GRAMMY Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and record producer

 

TRIBUTE PRESENTERS/

PERFORMERS:

Stevie Wonder (Performs “Hello” and “Easy”)

Multiple GRAMMY Award and Golden Globe Award-winning musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist; 1999 Kennedy Center Honoreeand recipient of the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom

 

 

Kenny Rogers (Spoken Tribute)

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

 

 

Luke Bryan (Performs “Penny Lover” and “Sail On”)

Country singer and songwriter

 

 

Quincy Jones (Spoken Tribute)

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning record producer, actor, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist and humanitarian

 

 

Nicole Richie (Spoken Tribute)

Fashion designer, author, actress and television personality; daughter of Lionel Richie

 

 

Leona Lewis

(Performs “Say You Say Me” and “All Night Long”)

Singer and songwriter

 

 

Finale Tribute Performance (Reprise Performance of

“All Night Long,” featuring all of the Lionel Richie tribute participants)

 

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