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Reba to be Honored 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Fellow honorees include Cher and the creators of Hamilton.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Reba to be Honored 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Reba; Photo by: Andrew Wendowski/Sounds Like Nashville

Fresh off a relaxing trip to Iceland, Reba McEntire returned to the states with some very exciting news. The singer will be one of the distinguished honorees at the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

“The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes exceptional artists who have made enduring and indelible marks on our culture,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein in a press release.

“The world looks to America for its creative instincts and artistic courage,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. “This year’s slate of Honorees represents the pinnacle of our nation’s originality and the rich mosaic of diverse perspectives and art forms that has come to define who we are as a people.”

The nominated recipients were chosen due to becoming trailblazing creators of transformative work defying category.

Reba has previous participated in the Kennedy Center Honors, helping to pay tribute to fellow performers, including Dolly Parton in 2006 and Lily Tomlin in 2014.

“It was a huge honor,” she told The Washington Post of those appearances. “When they told me I was being honored, I was thrilled, tickled to pieces.”

Fellow honorees in 2018 include Cher, pianist Philip Glass, jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, co-creators of Hamilton—writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and music director Alex Lacamoire.

The star-studded celebration will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Washington D.C. Opera House and broadcast on CBS on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. EST.