On Sunday, Washington honored the singer Dionne Warwick, the comedian Billy Crystal, the member of the Bee Gees Barry Gibb, the rapper and actress Queen Latifah, and the opera diva Renée Fleming at the Kennedy Center Honors, which is the highest distinction that the United States of America bestows for accomplishments in the arts.
During a reception held at the White House before the performance, Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged and praised the efforts of the five artists.
There is more to the performing arts than just a mix of music and pictures. He says, “They capture the essence of who we are as Americans and as human beings.”
The show began with a tribute to Warwick, 82 years old and a pop music superstar since the 1960s. She has sold over 100 million records and is famous for hits such as “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” which she recorded in 1985 with Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder to raise awareness about AIDS.
“There is simply no song that Dionne Warwick cannot sing,” stated record producer Clive Davis, adding that she has “inspired musicians all over the world.” Warwick has been widely praised for her performances. During her performance, singer Cynthia Erivo sang a powerful rendition of Warwick’s classic “Alfie.”
Following that, Crystal, who is 75 years old and is famous for her appearances in movies like “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers,” and “Analyze This,” was the next present. Actors Meg Ryan and Robert De Niro made an appearance onstage to pay honor to their mutual friend.
It’s barely 75 years old. De Niro made a witty remark that this indicates that you are around six years from reaching the ideal age to be elected president. The 81-year-old Vice President is seeking re-election. The audience began to roar.
Crystal is a writer and performer who has won both the Tony and Emmy awards. She has also presented the Academy Awards nine times. In addition to paying respect to Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg stated that he ought to be awarded an honorary Oscar for his work as the program host for a tremendous amount of time.
The next performer was Queen Latifah, who is 53 years old and is a singer and actor. She is famous for her roles in films such as “Chicago” and “Bringing Down the House,” and she previously won a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Solo Rap Performance.
“I am filled with blessings. It is a great honor for me,” she said to the press. While discussing her buddy, actress Kerry Washington called him one of the “best rappers of all time.”
Tituss Burgess, Christine Baranski, and Susan Graham performed the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Broadway production “Carousel” in tribute to Fleming, who was 64 years old. Fleming was a renowned soprano who performed in opera houses all over the globe and won five Grammy Awards.
“It’s wild” to be an honoree, Fleming thought to himself. “It’s all joy.” The well-known actress Sigourney Weaver made an appearance and lauded Fleming’s performance.
In the days leading up to the performance, opera singer J’Nai Bridges stated that Fleming was instrumental in bringing opera to the public.
According to what she said to the reporters, “Renée Fleming has unquestionably made opera more accessible.” “She’s broken through and really kind of paved the way for the generations like myself.”
When the event ended, there was a celebration of Gibb, who is 77 years old. Gibb was a singer and composer of the Bee Gees, a group that sold over 220 million albums. He performed alongside his brothers, Robin and Maurice. He receives nine Grammy Awards and is well-known for his contributions to the group, including songs such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep Is Your Love?”
Before the concert, he shared with the press that he had a sense of his brother’s presence, even though both of them had
“It’s very emotional,” he added. “I think.” “What we all did together—when we were good, when we were on—was something to be proud of.”
The song “Lonely Days” by Gibb was covered by the country group Little Big Town; the song “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” was sung by the singer Michael Bublé; and the song “Nights on Broadway” was performed by the Broadway star Ben Platt.
The program, which was taped, is scheduled to air on December 27 on the CBS television network in the United States.