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Don Henley and Joe Walsh of the Eagles. photo by Ros O'Gorman

Don Henley and Joe Walsh of the Eagles. photo by Ros O'Gorman

Eagles Mavis Staples James Taylor Receive Kennedy Honors

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on December 6, 2016

in News

The Kennedy Center Honors held their annual gala on Sunday night, honoring James Taylor, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Martha Argerich and the Eagles.

Hosted by Stephen Colbert, the evening included all of the honorees sitting with President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama.

Over the length of the program, many actors and musicians took the stage to pay tribute to each of the honorees, performing important songs or classical works for the four from a musical background along with Shakespeare, dances and impersonations for Pacino.

The tributes and performances for the night:

Opening remarks by host Stephen Colbert

James Taylor
Introduction by Bill Clinton
Sweet Baby James / Carolina in My Mind – Darius Rucker
Fire and Rain / Your Smiling Face – Sheryl Crow
Shower the People – Garth Brooks
How Sweet It Is – Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Howard University Choir

Al Pacino
Tribute by Sean Penn
Tribute by Chris O’Donnell
Tribute by Bobby Cannavale
How to Impersonate Al Pacino – Kevin Spacey
Shakespeare sonnets – Laurence Fishburne & Lily Rabe
Tango from Scent of a Woman – Chris O’Donnell & Gabrielle Anwar

Mavis Staples
Introduction by Bonnie Raitt
Tribute by Don Cheadle
Respect Yourself / I’ll Take You There – Elle King
We Shall Not Be Moved / Freedom Highway – Bonnie Raitt & Andra Day
Martha Argerich
Introduction by Jeff Goldblum
Beethoven sonata – Itzhak Perlman and Yefim Bronfman
Grand Tango – Yuja Wang (introduced by Placido Domingo)

The Eagles
Introduction by Ringo Starr
Take It Easy – Kings of Leon
Peaceful Easy Feeling – Vince Gill
Heartache Tonight – Bob Seger
Hotel California – Juanes
Life in the Fast Lane – All


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