By Brian Ives
Earlier this month, Billy Joel and Carlos Santana were among a handful of artists who were honored at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. The show, which highlights those for their lifetime contributions to American culture, wasn’t broadcast live, but now you can watch an edited version this Sunday (December 29) on CBS.
Unlike the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at the Kennedy Center Honors the honorees don’t perform or even make acceptance speeches. Instead, they sit in the balcony of Washington DC’s Kennedy Center with the President and First Lady, and watch other artists pay tribute to them.
This year’s celebration features Fher Olvera of the Mexican rock band Mana, performing Santana’s hits “Corazon Espinado,” “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va.” Don Henley performed Joel’s “She’s Got A Way,” while Garth Brooks — who had one of his first crossover hits with a cover of “Shameless” — performed a medley of “Only The Good Die Young,” “Allentown” and “Goodnight Saigon.”
The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which will also celebrate jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine, airs Sunday, December 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Last year’s honorees included Led Zeppelin and Buddy Guy with performances from Heart, Kid Rock, Foo Fighters and Lenny Kravitz covering Zep, and Gary Clark Jr., Tracy Chapman, Jimmie Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck and Beth Hart honoring Guy.