Actress/dancer/director Debbie Allen, singer/activist Joan Baez, country superstar Garth Brooks, violinist Midori and legendary actor Dick Van Dyke were honored at the 43rd annual event.
Brooks, in particular, was clearly moved when singer Kelly Clarkson performed her song “The Dance” and cheered for him at the end.
He was also influenced by the performances of his hits by James Taylor, Jimmy Allen and Gladys Knight.
According to the organisers, the format was “reimagined” after the postponement in December as a result of the pandemic.
“The demonstrations and tributes were filmed on stages and locations at the Kennedy Center’s iconic campus or recorded approximately throughout the week of May 17-22,” said a press statement for the program.
The Kennedy Center opened in Washington, D.C. in 1971, and is named in honor of President John F. Kennedy, who, along with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, championed raising funds to establish it.