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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kennedy Center Honors

Oprah Winfrey and Steadman Graham at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors.  Photo/CD Brown.
The Kennedy Center Honors came and went this past Sunday, and we were lucky enough to get a peek (literally, just a peek) at this year's honorees, and a few others.

The star-studded event, that each year, honors five individuals for their lifetime achievement in the performing arts was nothing short of amazing and included the likes of former recipient Ms. Diana Ross.

We saw a bevy of public figures, so mixed and assorted, ranging from politics (Congressman Charlie Rangel, General Colin Powell and wife Alma, and Newt Gingrich), to comedy (Chris Rock) to super heroes (Wonder Woman - aka Linda Carter).

We even caught up with powerhouse couple and star of The Real Housewives of DC, Jason and Stacie Turner.

John Travolta wowed fans just outside the Kennedy Center entrance by taking time to sign autographs and taking pictures.   (I'll admit, that dude still looks amazing!)  

Even Willie Nelson strutted his stuff on the Red Carpet, along with the amazing and beautiful Jennifer Hudson who wowed the audience with her musical talents, as did the Gay Men's Choir of Washington (who knew?).

This year's honorees included Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, composer Jerry Herman, choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones, and The Beatles' Paul McCartney.

All the honorees were treated at the White House (as tradition dictates) for a celebratory pre-Kennedy Center Honor ceremony.

"This is a season of celebration and of giving.  And that’s why it’s my great privilege as President to honor the five men and women who have given our nation the extraordinary gift of the arts", said President Obama.

Last year's honorees included Mel Brooks, Grace Mumbry, Dave Brubeck, Bruce Springsteen and Robert DeNiro. 

The 2010 KCHs will air December 28th on CBS from 9:00-11:00 p.m.

Michelle Obama, Defender of the Arts.
Defending The Arts

The President knows a little something about the Arts and has continued embracing the Arts via the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH).   

But... (and there's always that)

This year's Kennedy Center celebration of people in the Arts, shall we say, pales in comparison to this person who has been given the title as The Defender of The Arts by DC Magazine.

Mrs. Obama, honorary chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, is featured in Super Hero-like fashion on this month's cover (how timely) flying beautifully atop our Nation's Capital securing the Arts for all mankind!

Watch out Wonder Woman!

Interestingly enough, we asked Linda Carter who she thought would do a great job of portraying her should the Wonder Woman series where to ever be remade.

We didn't get a response. 

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