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Kennedy Center Honors 2010: Oprah, Paul McCartney and More!

Posted by on December 28, 2010 at 4:03 PM EST

kennedy center honors 2010Kennedy Center Honors 2010 will pay tribute to Oprah, Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard, Bill T. Jones and Jerry Herman tonight on CBS.

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 is set to air tonight, from 9-11 PM (ET), on CBS. The event celebrates people for their lifetime work in the realms of dance, music, theatre, opera, and television. This year, the five honorees were Merle Haggard, Bill T. Jones, Jerry Herman, Paul McCartney, and Oprah Winfrey. This will mark Caroline Kennedy’s 8th consecutive year hosting the event. The event took place in Washington DC on December 5, 2010.

There were a bunch of noteworthy performers and presenters, including Alec Baldwin, Kelsey Grammer, Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, No Doubt, Kid Rock, Julia Roberts, Barbara Walters, Steven Tyler…and that’s just a few! Needless to say, it was a huge and star-studded event.

Caroline Kennedy quoted JFK (her father) at the beginning of the ceremony, and proceeded to describe each of the honorees in glowing terms. Many of the presenters had close relationships with the honorees, like John Travolta, who jokingly remarked, “I have been so used by Oprah! Oh boy, have I been used.”

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors was first created in 1978 by George Stevens Jr. and Nick Vanoff. The show received an Emmy Award this year (and last!) for Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Special. It has also received other honors, and it is quite an honor to be honored by the program.



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