Queen Latifah Among Kennedy Center Honorees

(released 7/11/2023)

The Kennedy Center announced the 46th Class of Honorees. Billy Crystal, Renée Fleming, Barry Gibb, Queen Latifah (First Lady of Hip Hop), and Dionne Warwick will be celebrated for their Lifetime Artistic Achievements on Sunday, December 3, 2023.

Hosted by Gloria Estefan, the gala program is set to mark 50 years of Hip Hop.

"This year's slate represents an extraordinary mix of individuals who have redefined their art forms and demonstrated remarkable tenacity and authenticity in becoming an original. Each of them has explored new terrain, stretched artistic boundaries, and most importantly, committed to sharing their gifts with the world," said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. "This year we pay special tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip hop, a uniquely American culture whose constant evolution is one of enduring relevance and impact, reflecting our society as it has grown into an international phenomenon. Hip hop has been an important, thriving art form here at the Center for a number of years; what a privilege it is to bestow an Honors to the First Lady of Hip Hop who has inspired us along the way."

International superstar Gloria Estefan is a Grammy Award®–winning singer, actress, songwriter, a two-time New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world's most recognizable performers and the most successful Latin crossover artist in music history, per Billboard Magazine. Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Estefan has garnered eight Grammy Awards® and an Oscar nomination. She has received an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2015, President Obama honored Emilio and Gloria Estefan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2017, Estefan was the first Cuban-American singer-songwriter to receive a Kennedy Center Honors. ON YOUR FEET! is the Broadway musical based on the lives and music of the Estefans, receiving rave reviews and nominations for Tony Awards®, among others.

Done+Dusted returns for a second year as Executive Producers. The 46th annual Kennedy Center Honors will be produced by Done+Dusted in association with ROK Productions, represented by Elizabeth Kelly, who will executive produce alongside David Jammy. The show will be directed by Alex Rudzinski.

Seated in the Box Tier of the iconic Kennedy Center Opera House, the Honorees will accept the recognition and gratitude of their peers through performances and tributes. The 46th Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a dinner in the Grand Foyer.

CBS is the Exclusive Sponsor of the Kennedy Center Honors.
Boeing is the Exclusive Underwriter of the Kennedy Center Honors Gala.
Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Kennedy Center Honors.
The Kennedy Center Honors Founding Producer is George Stevens, Jr.

The Honoree selection process includes solicitation of recommendations from former Honorees, the artistic community, the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, and the general public. This year's selected Honorees were chosen based on the recommendation of the Center's Special Honors Advisory Committee, which is chaired by David Bohnett and includes past Honors recipients and distinguished artists Julie Andrews, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Judith Jamison, Lionel Richie, and John Williams, as well as David M. Rubenstein, Deborah F. Rutter, Bryan Lourd, Cappy McGarr, Shonda Rhimes, and Daryl Roth. "These individuals play a critical role in the evaluation and selection process, and the Kennedy Center is indebted to them for their involvement."

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