Performers Announced For 42nd Kennedy Center Honors

Following are honoree, presenter, performer and production credits for THE 42ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, an entertainment special to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 15 on the CBS Television Network.

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8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT



Filmed in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Dec. 8




Two-Time GRAMMY® Award winner and 2017 Kennedy Center Honors Recipient




Linda Ronstadt

Multiple GRAMMY Award, ACM Award and Emmy Award-winning musician, 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee





Don Henley (Spoken Tribute)

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, founding member of the Eagles,1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee




Carrie Underwood (Performs "Blue Bayou"/

"When Will I Be Loved")

Multiple GRAMMY Award, ACM Award and CMA Award-winning singer and songwriter




Kevin Kline (Spoken Tribute)

Academy Award and Tony Award-winning actor




Flor de Toloache (Performs "La Cigarra")

Latin GRAMMY Award-winning all female Mariachi Group




Emmylou Harris (Spoken Tribute)

GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician




Trisha Yearwood (Performs "You're No Good"/

"Don't Know Much")

GRAMMY Award, ACM Award, CMA Award and Daytime Emmy Award-winning country music artist, actress, author and television personality




Aaron Neville (Performs "Don't Know Much with

Trisha Yearwood)

GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist and musician



Sally Field

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





Steven Spielberg (Spoken Tribute)

Academy Award-winning filmmaker, director and 2006 Kennedy Center Honoree




Maura Tierney (Spoken Tribute)

Golden Globe Award-winning actress




Pierce Brosnan (Spoken Tribute)

Golden Globe Award nominated actor, producer and activist




Tom Hanks (Spoken Tribute)

Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winner, 2014 Kennedy Center Honoree, received 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom



Sesame Street

American educational children's television series

Winner of 189 Emmy Awards and 11 GRAMMY Awards as of 2018





Lucy Liu (Spoken Tribute)

Actress, voice actress, director, singer and dancer




Cedric the Entertainer (Spoken Tribute)

Actor, comedian and game show host




Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Spoken Tribute)

Emmy Award-winning actor, filmmaker, singer and entrepreneur




Thomas Rhett (Performs "This Is My Street"/"Sing a Song")

ACM, CMA and CMT Award-winning country music singer and songwriter




Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Bert, Ernie,

Cookie Monster

Sesame Street Characters




Michael Tilson Thomas

GRAMMY Award-winning conductor, pianist and composer, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and Artistic Director of New World Symphony





Lars Ulrich (Spoken Tribute)

GRAMMY Award-winning musician, songwriter and record producer, co-founder of band Metallica, 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee




Teddy Abrams (Spoken Tribute)

Conductor, composer, pianist and clarinetist, Music Director of Louisville Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra and Conductor of the New World Symphony Alumni Orchestra




New World Symphony Alumni Orchestra(Performs "Hoedown" with Teddy Abrams)

Former Fellows at orchestral academy co-founded by Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami Beach 32 years ago 




Debra Winger (Spoken Tribute)

Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated actress




Yuja Wang (Performs "You Come Here Often?")

Classical Pianist




Audra McDonald (Performs "Somewhere"/"Some Other Time")

Tony Award, GRAMMY Award and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer




Tribute Cast (Performs "I Got Rhythm" withAudra McDonald, Yuja Wang, Lars Ulrich, Teddy Abrams and the New World Symphony Alumni Orchestra)



Earth, Wind & Fire

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning band spanning many musical genres, 2000 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee





David Foster (Spoken Tribute)

GRAMMY Award and Emmy Award-winning musician, composer, producer, songwriter and arranger




John Legend (Performs "Can't Hide Love")

Academy Award, Emmy Award, GRAMMY Award and Tony Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and television personality




David Copperfield (Spoken Tribute)

Emmy Award-winning magician, Guinness World Record Holder




Cynthia Erivo (Performs "Fantasy"/"Reasons")

GRAMMY Award, Tony Award and Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter




Ne-Yo (Performs "Shining Star"/"Sing a Song")

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




Jonas Brothers (Perform "Boogie Wonderland")

GRAMMY Award nominated pop rock band, sold over 17 million albums worldwide




Finale Tribute Performance (Performance of "September" by

John Legend, Cynthia Erivo and Jonas Brothers)

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