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Kennedy Center Honors 2021 - Full Performers List, Plus Every Song They're Doing!

Kennedy Center Honors 2021 - Full Performers List, Plus Every Song They're Doing!

The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors special will be airing TONIGHT (June 6) and we have the full list of performers and celebrity presenters who will appear during the show.

The event was filmed a couple weeks ago in Washington, D.C. and the show is going to look a lot different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gloria Estefan will be hosting the show, which airs at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. It will also be available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.

Estefan, who received a Kennedy Center Honors in 2017, previously hosted the show in 2018.

The 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors show is actually the event that was intended to take place in 2020. The event is traditionally held in early December every year.

Click inside to see the full list of performers for the event…

Debbie Allen at the Kennedy Center Honors

HONOREE: Debbie Allen

PRESENTERS
Paula Abdul
Phylicia Rashad (Sister of Debbie Allen)
Shonda Rhimes
Tracee Ellis Ross

PERFORMERS
Ariana DeBose (Performs “I’m A Brass Band,” “Something Better Than This,” “Fame”)
Anika Noni Rose (Performs “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame”)
Vanessa Hudgens (Performs “Fame”)
Vivian Nixon (Performs “I’m A Brass Band,” “Something Better Than This,” “Fame”)
Tiler Peck (Performs “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame”)
Desmond Richardson (Performs “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame”)
Debbie Allen Dance Academy

Joan Baez at the Kennedy Center Honors

HONOREE: Joan Baez

PRESENTERS
Jackson Browne
Phoebe Bridgers
Tom Morello

PERFORMERS
Sturgill Simpson (Performs “House of the Rising Sun”)
Rhiannon Giddens (Performs “Silver Dagger” with Dirk Powell)
Emmylou Harris (Performs “Diamonds & Rust,” “God is God,” “We Shall Overcome”)
Mary Chapin Carpenter (Performs “Diamonds & Rust,” “God is God,” “We Shall Overcome”)

Garth Brooks at the Kennedy Center Honors

HONOREE: Garth Brooks

PRESENTERS
Bradley Cooper
Jason Aldean
John Travolta
Wayne Gretzky

PERFORMERS
Kelly Clarkson (Performs “The Dance”)
James Taylor (Performs “The River”)
Gladys Knight (Performs “We Shall Be Free”)
Jimmie Allen (Performs “The Thunder Rolls,” “Friends in Low Places”)

Dick Van Dyke at the Kennedy Center Honors

HONOREE: Dick Van Dyke

PRESENTERS
Julie Andrews
Bryan Cranston
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Chita Rivera
Steve Martin

PERFORMERS
Derek Hough (Performs “Step In Time,” “Put On A Happy Face”)
Laura Osnes (Performs “Step In Time,” “Put On A Happy Face,” “Jolly Holiday”)
Aaron Tveit (Performs “Step In Time,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”)
Pentatonix (Performs “Step In Time,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”)

Midori at the Kennedy Center Honors

HONOREE: Midori

PRESENTERS
Gustavo Dudamel
John Lithgow
Bette Midler

PERFORMERS
Yo-Yo Ma (Performs J.S. Bach’s “Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1)
Gil Shaham (Performs “Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, II. Largo”)
Adele Anthony (Performs J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, II. Largo”)
Hilary Hahn (Performs Bernstein’s “Serenade (after Plato’s ‘Symposium’) III: Eryximachus”)
Randall Goosby (Performs Paganini’s “Caprice No. 24,” “The Body Electric”)
Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program

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