Which Broadway Stars Performed at the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors?

A host of artists from a multitude of disciplines were on hand to pay tribute to actor, dancer, and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actor Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL Cool J, television writer and producer Norman Lear, and musician and record producer Lionel Richie, who were presented with Kennedy Center Honors December 3.

The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which captured the evening, will be broadcast December 26 at 9 PM ET on CBS.

Caroline Kennedy, who served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017, delivered the opening remarks.

The roster of speakers and performers follows:


Matthew Murphy

HONOREE: Gloria Estefan

Eva Longoria (Spoken Tribute)

The cast of On Your Feet! The Musical (Performs “1, 2, 3”)

Chaka Khan (Performs “Coming Out of the Dark” with the Howard University Gospel Choir)

Jon Secada (Spoken Tribute)

Becky G (Performs “Mi Tierra”)

Emily Estefan (Performs “Reach”)

Miami Sound Machine (Performs “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”/“Oye”/ “Conga”/“Turn the Beat Around”/“Everlasting Love”/“Get on Your Feet”)

Norman Lear


J.J. Abrams (Spoken Tribute)

United States Airforce Singing Sergeants (Performs “America, the Beautiful”)

Dave Chappelle (Spoken Tribute)

Rob Reiner (Performance Tribute from All in the Family)

Rachel Bloom (Performance Tribute from Maude)

Kenya Barris (Performance Tribute from Good Times)

Anthony Anderson (Performance Tribute from The Jeffersons)

Rita Moreno (Performance Tribute from One Day at a Time)



Queen Latifah (Spoken Tribute)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Spoken Tribute)

DJ Z-Trip (Performance Tribute)

Busta Rhymes (Performs “Mama Said Knock You Out”)

MC Lyte (Performs “I’m Bad”)

Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (Performs “It Gets No Rougher”)

Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels (Performs “Rock the Bells”)

Rebecca Luker

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