CeCe Winans and Terrence Blanchard serenades Cicely Tyson with a rendition of Blessed Assurance at the Kennedy Center Honors. Continue reading
The New York City Breakers were the first Hip Hop group and/or artists to perform in Washington D.C for a sitting President, specifically Ronald Reagan, during the 1983, Kennedy Center Honors. Continue reading
Misty Copeland, Robert Fairchild and members of the Ailey Company performed in honor of Carmen de Lavallade during the Kennedy Center Honors. Continue reading
Carmen de Lavallade, the legendary ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher, who is among the honorees feted for their illustrious careers by the Kennedy Center on Sunday December 24th. de Lavallade talks with correspondent Rita Braver about bringing modern dance to new levels; her marriage to dancer-director Geoffrey Holder; and the bittersweet memories of a life danced to the fullest. Continue reading
Morgan Freeman introduces honoree Judith Jamison at the 22nd Kennedy Center Honors in 1999. Continue reading
CeCe Winans took the Kennedy Center Honors church with a soulful rendition of the Christian hymn Blessed Assurance, paying special tribute to Cicely Tyson. Winans was joined by Terence Blanchard and the Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts Choir. Tyson gave the performance a tearful standing ovation. Continue reading
Aretha Franklin, the reigning and undisputed Queen of Soul, performed at the Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 6, which honored singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson. Franklin (73) was the highlight of the evening with her iconic rendition of Carole King’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. The awards were broadcast on Dec. 29. Long live the Queen! Continue reading
Aretha Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career. Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.