Why We Love the Kennedy Center Honors

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The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

Every year, the Kennedy Center Honors selects a group of individuals and celebrates their lifetime of achievements in arts and culture. The best performances at these ceremonies have illuminated the lasting impact the honoree has had over multiple generations of music, film, or theater. Here are some performances that highlight close friends of the songbook and musical theater!

Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, and Jon Hendrix singing to Ella Fitzgerald

Andre Previn, Lionel Hampton, Peggy Lee playing, singing, and telling stories about Benny Goodman

Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander,Scott Baluka, and Angela Lansbury say thanks to Stephen Soundheim

Sutton Foster, Patina Miller, Anna Kendrick and Karen Olivo salute Shirley Maclaine

Aretha Franklin shocks Carol King

This year's Kennedy Center Honors will be honoring Mavis Staples, James Taylor, The Eagles, Martha Argerich and Al Pacino. The program airs on Tuesday, December 27th at 9/8c on CBS.