THE 2017 KENNEDY CENTER HONOREES ARE.....

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The 2017 Kennedy Center Honorees include rapper/actor LL Cool J and singer/songwriters Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan. The other two honorees were dancer Carmen de Lavallade and television producer Norman Lear. There were no Trump administration representatives standing in for the absent President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the ceremony which annually celebrates the performing arts.

 

The White House announced back in August that the Trumps wouldn't attend the annual gala after several honorees said they would boycott a Trump-hosted reception at the White House. Trump responded by bowing out and said slthrough a spokesman that they would not attend “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”

 

This celebration, which has no host this year, will air on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. on CBS.