The 44th Kennedy Center Honors, scheduled for December 5, might be delayed until 2022, because of the rise in Covid cases and what could very possibly be another pandemic winter. Or fans could be getting an unprecedented two-Kennedy Center Honors in a single calendar year, which we deserve. The 43rd Kennedy Center Honors were held in May, having been delayed because of the plague from the event’s scheduled December 2020 date. The CBS broadcast aired on June 6, 2021 with a hybrid of taped segments and live performances.
The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to people in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. The honors have been presented annually since 1978, culminating each December in a star-studded gala celebrating the honorees in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, the 2021’s honorees were announced. LGBTQ culture vultures have plenty to celebrate. The honorees are gay favorite Joni Mitchell, Gay Icon Bette Midler, Motown’s Berry Gordy, SNL creator/producer Lorne Michaels, and opera singer Justino Díaz.
The event will be televised with a date yet to be announced, in a two-hour CBS prime-time special. It is expected that President Joesph R. Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will attend. They participated virtually in 43rd Kennedy Center Honors. The mango-hued twice impeached, traitorous 44th president and his Slovenian wife, deeply distasteful to most people in the arts (aside from Kirk Cameron, Kid Rock and Kirsty Alley), did not take part in any of the three Kennedy Center Honors held during his four-years of tearing apart democracy.