Four more artists were added to the four-decade tradition of Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. The 41st annual program, which will air December 26 on CBS, also celebrated the recent blockbuster success of the Broadway show “Hamilton” with a unique trailblazers award. We’ve got the complete list of performers for the 2018 KCH ceremony, which was hosted by 2017 honoree Gloria Estefan, and featured tributes to Cher, Reba McEntire, Philip Glass, Wayne Shorter and the “Hamilton” team of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire.
For the country music superstar, Kelly Clarkson presented comments and a performance of “Fancy.” Former “Reba” co-star Melissa Peterman spoke, and other performers were Kristen Chenoweth and Brooks and Dunn.
For the jazz legend, Jason Moran and Bernie Williams offered tributes. A band was headlined by previous honoree Herbie Hancock plus Esperanza Spaulding and opera singer Renee Fleming.
For the eclectic composer, previous honoree Paul Simon opened with remarks. Band leader Jon Batiste from “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” performed, as did the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Washington Chorus and Jennifer Koh.
For the Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer, Whoopi Goldberg opened with comments as well as Amanda Seyfried. Cyndi Lauper performed “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Adam Lambert sang “Believe” and they combined on “I’ve Got You Babe.” Little Big Town sang “Baby Don’t Go” and “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.”
Anthony Ramos hosted the introduction. Performances from the show included Christopher Jackson, Phillippa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Renee Elise Goldsberry. Miranda became the first person in the 41-year history of the show to perform as part of his own tribute.