The Kennedy Center had a lot of star power when it celebrated its most recent honorary class.
Cher, Reba McEntire, saxophonist / composer Wayne Shorter and composer Philip Glass received the traditional award for his life's work. "Hamilton" co-creator – author and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire were honored for their "transformative work".
Here are some key moments of the awards ceremony
Former President George HW Bush is remembered
Those on the stage remembered the former leader of the United States. Host Gloria Estefan, a Kennedy Center Honors recipient last year, praised Bush in her opening speech.
"Before we start honoring our first award winner," she said. "I think it is appropriate to recognize the death of a wonderful man who dedicated his life to service and attended this event many times during his administration." President George HW Bush laughs, applauds, sings along, and even a tear from above the presidential box. "
Furthermore, Estefan said she and her husband were" blessed to meet President Bush and his family over the years. " Estefan said the former president even called her at the hospital when her tour bus was involved in an accident in 1990.
"He had to call our office first because they would not believe the president called," she said. "And he gave me words of comfort and consolation and strength."
"He was a gentle, kind man," she concluded, "who my family and I will never forget."
David Rubenstein, chairman of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, agreed with Estefan's feelings.
"I've never met a decent man, a philanthropic, a philanthropic, a more sincere person," he said of Bush. "And it has been one of the privilege in my life to meet him in the last 25 years."
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Kelly Clarkson poses on the red carpet before paying tribute to Reba McEntire. (Photo: Greg Allen / Invision / AP)
Kelly Clarkson's Emotional Tribute to Reba McEntire
For Clarkson, it just seemed to be a great tribute to the country singer when he was on stage was standing.
Reba knows I'm not upset about that – I hate talking, "Clarkson said," but I love her so much that I'll do it. "
" If we're all honest, sometimes it does not always matter how we hope to meet our hero, "Clarkson added," but to meet Reba, be friends with her, and finally have a family was one of the highlights of my life – truly.
"Thank you very much, Reba, for listening to me as an artist, thank you for comforting me through my tears like a friend on the phone," she added, and was silenced. "And thank you, you a really radical granny for my children.
"I love you so much. I hope you enjoy this song. Do not judge me, "she said.
And with that," American Idol "winner McEntire's" Fancy "came out, and the original artist made no judgment, just a big smile and clapping enthusiastically.
A bit of "Hamilton"
If you have not seen the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical yet, be sure to hear the Kennedy Center Honors broadcast for a taste Honorary members Miranda and Lacamoire sang "One Last Time" with Christopher Jackson.
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo performed "The Schuyler Sisters" f.
Whoopi Goldberg's hilarious tribute to Cher
Goldberg entered the sequin-clad stage. "I went to your closet," she slammed to Cher, rows above her. "And I know she wears it better."
More seriously Goldberg was praised by the musician.
"Not only marching to the beat of her own drum, honey, she's a one-woman band," she said.
Cher's "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" star Amanda Seyfried also paid a comical homage to singer "A Song for the Lonely," who shared her first meeting with the crowd.
"When we met for the first time on set, I was so overwhelmed that I overcompensated," Seyfried recalls. "I introduced myself quickly … and I literally ran away, the next day it was our first joint scene and she said something in the direction" I do not think you wanted to hang out with me. "And I said," Are you crazy? You are Cher. Everyone wants to hang out with you because you … Cher. ""
Cyndi Lauper's electrifying performance
Lauper surprised Cher when he was present on Sunday. Cher called out that she thought Lauper would be in Los Angeles, whereupon Lauper replied, "I lied." She went on to give a rousing interpretation of "If I could turn back time," in a Cher-inspired ensemble that moved the crowd to step on their feet and to the beat.
Lauper later returned to the stage to sing "I Got You Babe" with "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert, who performed "Believe".
Be prepared for these moments, and more, when the Kennedy Center airs on CBS on December 26th (8:00 pm ET).
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