Luminaries from music, dance, theater, screen and TV got together on one stage to pay tribute to five Kennedy Center honorees in a program that aired Tuesday night on CBS.
The program, recorded earlier this month, paid tribute to Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney. The honorees were seated with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Among those performing were Carol Channing, Chita Rivera, Miranda Cosgrove, Kris Kristofferson, James Taylor, No Doubt, Steven Tyler, Matthew Morrison, Christine Ebersole, Christine Baranski, Sutton Foster, Brad Paisley and Vince Gill.
Among those making spoken tributes were Edward Albee, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock, Claire Danes and Sidney Poitier. A final tribute was made by Caroline Kennedy, daughter of late President John F. Kennedy.
Some highlights included Jennifer Hudson singing “I am Here” from The Color Purple as a tribute to Oprah, Alec Baldwin introducing Paul, Willie Nelson singing the praises of Merle, Julia Roberts introducing Oprah and Claire Danes and playright Edward Albee praising Bill.
More highlights included Steven Tyler, Norah Jones, Dave Groh, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt singing cover tunes of The Beatles.