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Gloria Estefan to host the Kennedy Center Honors gala

By Karen Butler
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Gloria Estefan to host the Kennedy Center Honors gala
Kennedy Center honoree Gloria Estefan (L) and her husband, Emilio Estefan, arrive for the Kennedy Center Honors gala on December 3 in Washington, D.C. Gloria Estefan was an honoree last year and will host this year's edition of the event. File Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Gloria Estefan is set to host the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C., the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter announced Monday.

"So excited to announce that I get the great privilege to host this year's @kchonors after getting the incredible award last year!! Congratulations to the very deserving 5 artists receiving the award this year!! see you in DC!!" Estefan wrote on Instagram.

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This year's honorees were announced in July. They are Cher, Reba McEntire, Philip Glass, Wayne Shorter and Hamilton collaborators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place Dec. 2. It will air on CBS on Dec. 26.

"Gloria Estefan is everything you want in a host for this celebration of the arts. She is herself a Kennedy Center honoree," Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music and live events at CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "Gloria is a Grammy winner, a Broadway producer and one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of this or any generation. On top of it all, she is a caring, beautiful human who is smart, funny and can lead the Conga line out of the Kennedy Center at the conclusion of the night's festivities."

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