Kennedy Center Honors

Wayne Shorter in black outfit with gold necklace and black and grey scarf in front of light blue wall; Lin-Manuel Miranda in grey suit with navy tie in front of purple wall

Kennedy Center Honors Wayne Shorter, 'Hamilton' Creators

“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.”

Black man in dark grey hat and tuxedo stands in front of beige wall with black text and multicolored insignia.

LL Cool J Is First Rapper Honored by Kennedy Center

Musicians Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade were also fêted at the Kennedy Center Honors celebration.

Mavis Staples in blue-and-pink paisley shirt, holding black microphone

Kennedy Center to Honor Mavis Staples

The singer—who achieved fame while singing Civil Rights Movement-oriented songs with her sisters as The Staple Singers—will be honored alongside Al Pacino and James Taylor.