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Kennedy Center Honors 2021 - Performers & Presenters Revealed!

The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors are airing tonight!

The annual celebration of the arts is being broadcasted on CBS and Paramount+ at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday (December 22), recorded earlier this month in the Kennedy Center Opera House at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

This year, the organization celebrates five honorees: Bette Midler, Justino Diaz, Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy and Lorne Michaels.

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Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost Honor Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler & More at Kennedy Center Honors 2021

Scarlett Johansson dazzles in a gold dress next to husband Colin Jost while arriving at the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors held at The Kennedy Center on Sunday evening (December 5) in Washington, DC.

The couple stepped out for the event along with SNL stars Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, and alums Martin Short and Kevin Nealon to honor Lorne Michaels, who is an honoree at this years event.

He, along with Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Bette Midler, and Joni Mitchell, were all honored for their artistic contributions to American culture.

Bette‘s daughter Sophie Von Haselberg, as well as choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and his wife, Elly; Lisa Mordente, Chita Rivera, Debbie Allen, Beanie Feldstein, Herbie Hancock, Goldie Hawn, Kelli O’Hara, Ellie Goulding, Renee Fleming, Tiler Peck, Barbara Hershey, Cameron Crowe, Brandi Carlile, and Catherine Shepherd were also at the event this evening.

The first – President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden – and second – Kamala Harris and Douglas Emhoff – families were also in attendance at the gala event following a short award ceremony earlier in the day.

FYI: Scarlett Johansson is wearing a Dolce & Gabbana dress. Amy is wearing Theia.

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Bette Midler, Lorne Michaels & More Will Be Honored at 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Bette Midler and Lorne Michaels are just two of the stars who will be honored at the Kennedy Center Honors this year.

The 75-year-old singer and 76-year-old Saturday Night Live creator will be toasted alongside musician Joni Mitchell, Motown founder Berry Gordy and opera singer Justino Diaz.

The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.

They have been presented since 1978, culminating each December in a star-studded gala celebrating the honorees in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.

Just a few months ago, the 2020 honorees – including Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Allen – were honored in a delayed event, due to the pandemic.

“Growing up in Detroit, I was not only Black but the ‘black sheep’ of my family,” Berry shared in a statement of the honor. “I was a failure at everything I did until I was 29 years old… The Arts not only give voice to the voiceless, but connect us, transform us, and soothe our souls. The Kennedy Center Honors epitomizes the recognition and value of both the Arts, and the Artist.”

Bette added in her own, “I am profoundly touched by this honor, in fact, I am stunned and grateful beyond words. For many years I have watched this broadcast celebrating the best talent in the performing arts that America has to offer, and I truly never imagined that I would find myself among these swans.”

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