The Kennedy Center Honors have announced Cher, Reba McEntire, composer Philip Glass, jazz sax musician Wayne Shorter, and the Hamilton musical as their esteemed 2018 honorees. The annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. recognizes artists who have made extraordinary contributions to culture, and this year marks the first time the organization will honor an entire work along with individuals.
Hamilton co-creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler will receive “unique Kennedy Center Honors as trailblazing creators a transformative work that defies category,” the press statement reads.
Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter told the The New York Times: “I believe that this is a work that has transformed how we think about using art to talk about who we are as a society."
Honoree and ten time Grammy award-winning saxophonist Wayne Shorter also announced today (July 25) that he will release his highly anticipated album Emanon along with a graphic novel on Aug. 24.
This year’s Honors will be recorded as a two-hour primetime special and broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.