Monday, 4 December 2017

kennedy centre honors gloria estefan and lionel richie, without Trump


With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the humanities.

The awards, referred to as the Kennedy Center Honors, are considered the highest recognition within the country for artists across a range of fields, and also the annual event's importance is sometimes highlighted by a White House reception with the president and also the initial lady.

Not this year.

The White House aforementioned in August that Trump and his wife, Melania, will not attend the performance so that honorees may get pleasure from it "without any political distraction." The White House reception was additionally canceled once a number of the honorees aforementioned they might boycott it.

A subtle undercurrent of dissatisfaction with Trump, a Republican who entered office in January, and his policies underlined a reception at the State Department on Saturday night before the awards show.

"Art transcends borders, cultures, politics," actress Julie Andrews aforementioned. "This event provides America a chance to step far from divisive discourse and appreciate excellence in art that has been created for everybody."

All of the recipients expressed joy over receiving the awards.

"I've ne'er been a lot of impressed," Hip Hop artist and actor LL Cool J, 49, who stars within the television program "NCIS Los Angeles" told Reuters. "It's a reminder that art matters." He aforementioned Trump's presence would have been a distraction.

Singer and song-composer Richie, best-known for hits like "Three Times a lady," "Say You, Say Me," and "All Night Long," aforementioned he was proud. "Never thought in my life I would lose my voice talking an excessive amount of concern on how excited I'm concerning being here," Richie aforementioned.

Singer and song composer Estefan, 60, who was born in Havana, Cuban capital, Cuba, aforementioned she was grateful Trump selected not to attend. "Whenever one thing becomes more about the argument than the particular achievements of the people who are receiving the award, it kind of dampens it for everyone."

De Lavallade, 86, an actress and dancer, said: "I'm simply most proud that I've reached this far."

Television producer and writer Lear, 95, who is known for manufacturing the hit comedy "All in the Family" as well as "Maude," "Good Times," and "The Jeffersons," aforementioned it felt nice to become a Kennedy Center receiver.

"It most likely feels identical because it might have felt at eighty. Everything else will," he quipped. Lear aforementioned he wasn't upset that Trump selected not to attend. "It wasn't a hand I required to shake."

The show is going to be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26.

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