Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan recognized at Kennedy Center Honors (32 images)
The 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors Artist's Dinner and Gala was held Saturday in Washington, D.C. Honorees this year are singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, hip-hop artist LL Cool J, TV producer Norman Lear and music producer Lionel Richie.
The five 2017 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors pose together after a dinner hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. From left to right, back row: LL Cool J and Lionel Richie; seated, Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear and Gloria Estefan. Photo by Ron Sachs/UPI
Singer and songwriter Lionel Richie, second from left, arrives with son Miles, left, and girlfriend Lisa Parigi, second from right, and sister Deborah Richie, right, for the formal Artist's Dinner. Photo by Ron Sachs/UPI
Rapper and actor LL Cool J and his family arrive for the gala. Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said LL Cool J, "taught the world how to rhyme as one of the pioneers of the hip-hop phenomenon." Photo by Ron Sachs/UPI
"All in the Family" TV writer Norman Lear and his family arrive for the gala. Lear threatened to boycott the event in August when the awards were announced in protest of the election of President Donald Trump, whom he considers a "fool." Trump decided to break with tradition and not attend the ceremony as "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction." Photo by Ron Sachs/UPI
Dancer, actress and choreographer Carmen de LaVallade, her son, Leo Holder, and their family arrive for the dinner. Rubenstein said, "Carmen de Lavallade is a national treasure whose elegance and talent as a dancer led to a career touching many art forms." Photo by Ron Sachs/UPI
Gloria Estefan, her husband, Emilio, and their family arrive on the red carpet. "International superstar Gloria Estefan has influenced American music through her infectious Miami sound," Rubenstein said. Photo by Ron Sachs/UPI