By: Renee Grant

The 2017 Kennedy Center honorees have been announced, and some of our favorites are on the list. This year’s class includes Lionel Richie, Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, and dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade.

Related: Lionel Richie Hopes To Strike It Rich With Startups

The ceremony will broadcast on December 26th from 9PM to 11PM on CBS.

“The Kennedy Center Honors spotlights the extraordinary careers of five artists whose talent and ingenuity have enriched and shaped cultural life in America,” says Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein in a statement. “Carmen de Lavallade is a national treasure whose elegance and talent as a dancer led to a career touching many art forms; international superstar Gloria Estefan has influenced American music through her infectious Miami sound; landmark hip hop artist LL COOL J taught the world how to rhyme as one of the pioneers of the hip hop phenomenon; Norman Lear spoke to the human condition and sparked poignant cultural conversations with some of the most epochal TV sitcoms of the 20th century; and Lionel Richie’s irresistibly recognizable melodies capture the heart and transcend generations.”

A star-studded celebration will take place on December 3rd at the Kennedy Center Opera House, featuring tributes and performances by other big Hollywood stars.

Lionel’s upcoming Philly concert is going to be incredible, and 98.1 WOGL has your tickets! Start listening for your chance to win from August 10th through August 15th!


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