The Kennedy Center Honors is a prestigious event where those who have dedicated their lives to the performing arts are celebrated. Each year the honorees are invited to a gala where they are treated to performances of their most notable work. The 2018 honorees included Cher, Reba McEntire, Philip Glass, Wayne Shorter and the co-creators of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire. While all eyes were on the honorees, it was impossible not to dazzle in the performances given last night as well.
Cher was treated to renditions of her classic hits performed by Cyndi Lauper, Adam Lambert and Little Big Town.
Philip Glass was honored by S. Epatha Merkerson, St. Vincent and Jennifer Koh, Jon Batiste and the Philip Glass Ensemble featuring The Washington Chorus.
Reba McEntire was serenaded by Kelly Clarkson, Brooks & Dunn, Kristin Chenoweth, and Lady Antebellum.
Wayne Shorter got jazzed up to hear his jazz tributes by Esperanza Spalding and a superstar jazz ensemble.
And last but certainly not least, the creators of Hamilton got to see their work(!) hit the stage when Broadway’s original Schuyler Sisters took to the stage. Lin-Manuel Miranda also took the stage along with Christopher Jackson, Alex Lacamoire and the Voice of America Youth Choir to perform “One Last Time.”