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06.02.2021

AN EXTRAORDINARY GROUP OF RENOWNED ARTISTS SALUTE THIS YEAR’S HONOREES IN “THE 43RD ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS,” SUNDAY, JUNE 6 ON CBS

2021 Kennedy Center Honorees, standing, left to right: Joan Baez, Garth Brooks. Sitting, left to right: Debbie Allen, Dick Van Dyke and Midori

Following are honoree, presenter, performer and production credits for THE 43RD ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, an entertainment special to be broadcast Sunday, June 6 on the CBS Television Network.

ON AIR:

8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT

 

 

HOST:

Gloria Estefan

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress

 

 

HONOREE:

Debbie Allen

Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress, dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, director and producer

 

 

PRESENTERS:

Paula Abdul (Dancer, Choreographer, Singer, Songwriter)

 

Phylicia Rashad (Actress, Director, Sister of Debbie Allen)

 

Shonda Rhimes (Television Producer, Screenwriter)

 

Tracee Ellis Ross (Actress)

 

 

TRIBUTE PERFORMERS:

Ariana DeBose (Performs “I’m A Brass Band,” “Something Better

Than This,” “Fame”)

Tony Award-nominated actress, singer and dancer

 

 

 

Anika Noni Rose (Performs “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame”)

Tony Award-winning and GRAMMY® Award-nominated actress and singer

 

 

 

Vanessa Hudgens (Performs “Fame”)

Actress, singer and producer

 

 

 

Vivian Nixon (Performs “I’m A Brass Band,” “Something Better Than This,” “Fame”)

Dancer and actress, daughter of Debbie Allen

 

 

 

Tiler Peck (Performs “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame”)

New York City Ballet dancer, actress, choreographer and designer

 

 

 

Desmond Richardson (Performs “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame”)

Dancer and co-founder/co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet

 

 

 

Debbie Allen Dance Academy

 

 

HONOREE:

Joan Baez

 

GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, musician and activist

 

 

PRESENTERS:

Jackson Browne (Singer, Songwriter)

 

Phoebe Bridgers (Singer, Songwriter, Producer)

 

Tom Morello (Singer, Rapper, Songwriter, Actor, Activist)

 

 

TRIBUTE PERFORMERS:

Sturgill Simpson (Performs “House of the Rising Sun”)

GRAMMY® Award-winning country music singer, songwriter and

actor

 

 

 

Rhiannon Giddens (Performs “Silver Dagger” with Dirk Powell)

GRAMMY® Award-winning and CMA Award-nominated country, blues and old-time music musician

 

 

 

Emmylou Harris (Performs “Diamonds & Rust,” “God is God,” “We Shall Overcome”)

 GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning singer and songwriter

 

 

 

Mary Chapin Carpenter (Performs “Diamonds & Rust,” “God is God,” “We Shall Overcome”)

GRAMMY® Award-winning country music singer

 

 

HONOREE:

Garth Brooks

 

Multiple GRAMMY® Award, ACM Award and CMA Award-winning country music entertainer

 

 

PRESENTERS:

Bradley Cooper (Actor, Filmmaker)

 

Jason Aldean (Singer, Songwriter, Producer)

 

John Travolta (Actor, Singer)

 

Wayne Gretzky (Professional ice hockey player)

 

 

TRIBUTE PERFORMERS:

Kelly Clarkson (Performs “The Dance”)

Multiple GRAMMY® Award, ACM Award and CMA Award-winning singer and songwriter

 

 

 

James Taylor (Performs “The River”)

2016 Kennedy Center Honoree, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist

 

 

 

Gladys Knight (Performs “We Shall Be Free”)

GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman and author

 

 

 

Jimmie Allen (Performs “The Thunder Rolls,” “Friends in Low Places”)

ACM Award-winning and CMA-nominated country music singer and songwriter

 

 

HONOREE:

Dick Van Dyke

Emmy Award, GRAMMY® Award and Tony Award-winning actor, comedian, writer, singer and dancer

 

 

PRESENTERS:

Julie Andrews (Actress, Singer, Dancer, Author)

 

Bryan Cranston (Actor, Producer, Director, Screenwriter)

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Director, Producer, Playwright)

 

Chita Rivera (Actress, Singer, Dancer)

 

Steve Martin (Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer, Musician)

 

 

TRIBUTE PERFORMERS:

Derek Hough (Performs “Step In Time,” “Put On A Happy Face”)

Emmy Award-winning dancer, choreographer, actor and singer

 

 

 

Laura Osnes (Performs “Step In Time,” “Put On A Happy Face,” “Jolly Holiday”)

Tony Award-nominated actress and singer

 

 

 

Aaron Tveit (Performs “Step In Time,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”)

Tony Award and GRAMMY® Award-nominated actor and singer

 

 

 

Pentatonix (Performs “Step In Time,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”)

GRAMMY® Award-winning a cappella group

 

 

HONOREE:

Midori

GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist

 

 

PRESENTERS:

Gustavo Dudamel (Conductor, Violinist)

 

John Lithgow (Actor, Poet, Author, Singer)

 

Bette Midler (Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Author, Comedian)

 

 

TRIBUTE PERFORMERS:

Yo-Yo Ma (Performs J.S. Bach’s “Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1)

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning cellist

 

 

 

Gil Shaham (Performs “Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, II. Largo”)

GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist

 

 

 

Adele Anthony (Performs J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, II. Largo”)

Violinist

 

 

 

Hilary Hahn (Performs Bernstein’s “Serenade (after Plato’s ‘Symposium’) III: Eryximachus”)

Violinist

 

 

 

Randall Goosby (Performs Paganini’s “Caprice No. 24,” “The Body Electric”)

Violinist

 

 

 

Midori's Orchestra Residencies Program

 

 

PRODUCED BY:

White Cherry Entertainment

 

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss

 

 

DIRECTOR:

Glenn Weiss

 

 

WRITER:

David Boone

 

 

SUPERVISING PRODUCERS:

Rob Paine & Sarah Levine Hall

 

 

PRODUCTION DESIGNER:

Steve Bass

 

 

LIGHTING DESIGNER:

Bob Dickinson

 

 

CHOREOGRAPHER

Sergio Trujillo

 

 

MUSIC DIRECTOR:

Rickey Minor

 

 

CONDUCTOR:

Maestro Thomas Wilkins of National Symphony Orchestra 


RATING: To Be Announced

GENRE: Awards

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Press Contacts:

Kate Fisher

212-975-3818

khfisher@cbs.com

Jordan Kowalski

212-975-6328

jordan.kowalski@cbs.com


Photo Contact:

Kathleen Holloway

212-975-8533

kholloway@cbs.com

 

For the Kennedy Center:

Eileen Andrews

202-416-8448

ETAndrews@Kennedy-Center.org

Press:

Kate Fisher
212-975-3818
khfisher@cbs.com

Jordan Kowalski
212-975-6328
jordan.kowalski@cbs.com

 

Photo:

Kathleen Holloway
212-975-8533
kholloway@cbs.com