“This year’s slate of honorees represents the pinnacle of our nation’s originality, and the rich mosaic of diverse perspectives and art forms that has come to define who we are as a people,” Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said in yesterday’s announcement.
— Wayne Shorter (@Wayne_Shorter) July 25, 2018
“Hamilton” writer and lead actor Lin-Manuel Miranda will share a special honor with the musical’s director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and musical director Alex Lacamoire. The announcement says this award recognizes the quartet “as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.” Miranda celebrated the prize in his own tweet:
The Cabinet is headed to DC.
Honored honored honored.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 25, 2018
See how The Kennedy Center pays tribute to these artists when CBS airs the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors gala on December 26.