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The Kennedy Center Honors, which airs annually on CBS, will not be attended by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, the White House has announced.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement on Saturday, which revealed Trump’s decision to sit out the ceremony. Honorees include legendary TV writer/producer Norman Lear, NCIS Los Angeles star LL Cool J, multi-platinum recording artists Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan and dancer Carmen de Lavallade.
The President and First Lady have decided not to participate »
The decision comes after several of this year’s honorees — including Norman Lear and Lionel Richie — said they would skip the traditional White House reception that coincides with the December event in protest of Trump’s political agenda and his response to the white supremacist violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.
“The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”
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- Cynthia Littleton
The Kennedy Center Honors will celebrate the careers of Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Norman Lear, Lionel Richie, and Carmen de Lavallade this December in Washington, D.C. Officials announced these five recipients on Thursday. It’s the 40th anniversary of the event in 2017 honoring entertainment artists for their life achievements of impacting American culture. Estefan […] »
- Chris Beachum
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