Continuing a longstanding tradition, CBS will broadcast The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

The network has broadcast the special each year since its debut 37 years ago.

This year’s edition of the event promises to bring what it brings every year: a star-studded celebration of five individuals recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

Singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin will each receive honors this year.

Ranging from dance and theater to opera and motion pictures, The Kennedy Center Honors seeks to select individuals based on the one key criterion of excellence.

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”

Set on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, these honorees will be saluted by some of the greatest performers in Hollywood and will join other great names from past years like Billy Joel and Carlos Santana.

And to prove just how much of an honor this is, all five individuals will be seated with President Obama and the First Lady.

Don’t miss the amazing show Tuesday, December 30 at 9:00PM ET/PT on CBS.


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