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Where to watch the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors award ceremony

Molly Young December 6, 2021
44th Kennedy Center Honors
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The Kennedy Center Honors recently returned as the first full ceremony for America’s most prestigious performing arts awards since the outbreak of covid-19. The recipients were then celebrated at the Kennedy Center Opera House and supporters are eager to watch the event.

Find out where to watch the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors award ceremony as we provide broadcast details including dates and times, below.

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About the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.

Presented annually since 1978 in a star-studded gala celebrating the honorees in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C., the 44th Honors recently took place.

Playbill state that the 2021 honorees received their medallions at a ceremony on 4 December presented by Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and hosted by 2021 honoree Debbie Allen at the Library of Congress with Secretary of State Antony Blinken serving as honorary chair.

Award recipients are then celebrated on 5 December 2021, at the Kennedy Center Opera House in an evening produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment.

On 6 December 2021 at 12:00 am GMT the Kennedy Center Honors reportedly began with cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing the national anthem and asking the audience to sing the final lines together.

Where to watch the award ceremony broadcast

The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS television network, showing on 22 December 2021.

Online, The Kennedy Center instruct viewers to tune in at 8:00 pm or 9:00 pm central time via CBS.

The Kennedy Center Honors have begun sharing photographs from the 44th event over on social media. Check out @kencen on Twitter.

More about the Honors Gala

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts proudly celebrated the 44th Honorees for lifetime artistic achievements with the recipients being operatic bass-baritone Justino Díaz and Motown founder, songwriter, producer, and director Berry Gordy.

Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels was also awarded as well as legendary stage and screen icon Bette Midler, and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

@BetteMidler shared her excitement with a photograph uploaded onto Twitter.

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Joe Biden restored tradition with his presence after four years in which the annual gala was reportedly snubbed by former president Donald Trump and then upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

Guests were required to show proof of vaccination and a recent negative test and to wear masks.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.