The Kennedy Center Honors filmed for CBS
I worked at the Kennedy Center for several years, and if there's one thing I remember about the Honors, it's that they turn The Center and Washington upside down. DC rarely gets the A-list, celebrity glamor that comes with the Honors. And, this year, they pulled out the big guns. Dolly Parton was saluted by Reese Witherspoon, Reba McEntire and Alison Krauss. Aretha Franklin came out for Smokey Robinson. Tom Hanks and Liam Neeson saluted Steven Spielberg.
The honorees are chosen by The Kennedy Center Board of Directors. Over the past few years, the awardees have swung over to the pop culture side - leaving only one or two slots for fine arts performers and creators. The show used to be more high-falutin' and less TV savvy, but what are you going to do? Our culture has changed, and shows like the Honors change with it.