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Kennedy Center Honors

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Grammy Night I'll Be Sending Dave Bassett "Ex's & Oh's"

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

"Algorithms can't make us feel," writes Kristi York Wooten in her recent piece about why we're all still watching that video of Aretha Franklin singin...

America Gets "On its Feet" For Latinos

Julissa Bonfante | Posted 01.12.2016 | Latino Voices
Julissa Bonfante

Beyond Broadway and the small screen, Latinos are strengthening their voices. But Latinos influence more than the music and entertainment industry -- we have tremendous buying power and political clout.

Why We're Still Watching That Video of Aretha Franklin at the Kennedy Center

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

When she dropped her fur coat to the floor to free her arms and belt the ending of the song, we reveled in her divadom. Yet, we were actually also cheering the triumph of music.

Watch Aretha Franklin's Amazing Performance Of 'A Natural Woman'

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment

Aretha Franklin is a living legend, so naturally, when she took the stage at last night's Kennedy Center Honors presentation, the crowd went wild. As...

Watch Gina Rodriguez's Tearful Tribute To Rita Moreno

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment

Gina Rodriguez attended the Kennedy Center Honors Tuesday night, where she got the chance to pay tribute to one of Hollywood's living legends, Rita Mo...

Miranda Lambert Slays In Low-Cut Bridal-Inspired Gown

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 12.06.2015 | Entertainment

The best revenge after your ex-husband starts seeing Gwen Stefani? Looking hot as hell in a plunging wedding gown on the red carpet. OK, so that prob...

Dancing Queens

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.07.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The American Ballet Theatre recently announced that Misty Copeland would be promoted to the role of principal dancer, the first African-American woman to be named to this esteemed role in the world of ballet.

Lady Gaga And Taylor Kinney Look Glamorous On The Red Carpet

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment

Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney made for a gorgeous duo when they hit the red carpet together Sunday night. The couple stepped out for the Kennedy Cen...

2014: Year of the Funny Women -- Record 60 Women Get Last Laugh At NY Comedy Festival

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 12.22.2014 | Comedy
Beverly Wettenstein

With all due respect, this positive progress report on Women in Comedy is a tribute to Joan Rivers. She persevered to pave the path for generations of funny women. Rivers auditioned seven times over three years, before making her Tonight Show debut in 1965.

My Crew

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The men and women who run the shows, move the sets, carry the props, light the lights, manage the sound, dress the performers and on and on are among my favorite colleagues in every arts job I have held and the Kennedy Center is no exception.

A Valedictory

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

A serious effort must be made to engage people in their 20s and 30s today, to make the case for the importance of our arts institutions, to make it fun and rewarding to participate as a donor.

PHOTOS: Michelle Obama Wows In Green Strapless Gown

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Style

Despite all the praise we give Michelle Obama for her endearingly accessible, J. Crew-filled wardrobe, we live for those moments of high-wattage First...

Stand By Them

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

I've written about Mike Stoller a few times before, always with his longtime partner Jerry Leiber of 60 years, one of the great songwriting teams in music history. When I say "legendary," and one of the great songwriting teams in music history, that is not hyperbole.

What I Hope My Search Committee Thinks About

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I hope the Search Committee finds a remarkable person to run the Kennedy Center, someone who can take the institution to new places and can educate and entertain our audience in ways I could not even imagine.

2012 Kennedy Center Honors: Why It Took So Long for the Experts to "Get" Led Zeppelin

Rob Asghar | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts
Rob Asghar

Rock critics could more easily identify with dweebs and geeks than with rock gods. Yet many young dweebs, like myself, looked to Zeppelin as the heroes that we wished we were and hoped we could be.

WATCH: Ray Romano Ribs Obama At Kennedy Center Honors

Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy

President Obama honored David Letterman with some subtle jokes at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors this weekend, but he didn't leave the celebration wit...

Kid Rock's Words For Obama

Posted 12.03.2012 | Entertainment

Kid Rock isn't one to hold a grudge. The performer and Mitt Romney supporter was gracious in defeat when he ran into Barack Obama, whose reelection b...

PHOTOS: Michelle Obama Dazzles At The 2012 Kennedy Center Honors

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 12.05.2012 | Style

Take that, Meryl Streep.

Secrecy At The Kennedy Center

Voxxi | Raisa Camargo | Posted 12.02.2012 | Latino Voices

The Kennedy Center honors will take place Sunday, but its lack of inclusion granted to Latinos has kept supporters vigilant and agitating for an answe...

Buddy Guy Named Kennedy Center Honoree

Posted 11.28.2012 | Chicago

After a lifetime of work in which he pioneered the Chicago Blues sound, Buddy Guy is getting honored by the Kennedy Center. The influential guitar...

Negotiating Identity, Diversity and Recognition

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian's Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture and Latino Center, in collaboration with units around the Institution, is engaged in several initiatives by, for and about the diverse resident Latino population.

Latino Groups to Kennedy Center: Say You’re Sorry

Posted 09.29.2012 | Latino Voices

UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 29 1:35 p.m. EST -- Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser apologized in writing to Felix Sanchez for using foul language dur...

Has the Kennedy Center Ignored Latinos?

Kate Kelly | Posted 11.26.2012 | Arts
Kate Kelly

Only two artists of Hispanic descent have been honored in the last 35 years -- Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo (2000) and actress, singer, and dancer Chita Rivera (2002).

Kennedy Center Hasn't Recognized A Single Latino Artist In A Decade

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 09.21.2012 | Latino Voices

This year five more artists will receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, and once again no Latino artists will be among the awardees. In fact ...

Kennedy Center Should Honor Sixto Rodriguez, the Bob Dylan of Detroit

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Stephen Robert Morse

It is rare that a documentary elicits emotions that I carry with me for days and weeks after I have seen it. But that is just what Searching for Sugar Man did.