42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors To Celebrate Honorees’ Profound Artistic Impact

Yuja Wang celebrates the five Honorees who will receive the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements on December 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House stage. Recipients to be honored at the 42nd annual national celebration of the arts are R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, children’s television program Sesame Street, and conductor and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas.

The star-studded celebration will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Network for the 42nd consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 15, at 8 p.m. ET.  Ms. Wang previously paid tribute to honoree Martha Argerich, performing at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors.

Of the honorees, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein stated: “Earth, Wind & Fire’s hooks and grooves are the foundation of a seminal style that continues to shape our musical landscape; Sally Field has brought us unforgettable characters, both joyous and poignant, for more than five decades; Linda Ronstadt is the defining voice of a generation, spanning genres, languages, and continents; Sesame Street continues to revolutionize how children and adults learn about our world; and Michael Tilson Thomas goes far beyond keeping score: he has shaped American music and musical institutions for the 21st century.” (The Kennedy Center)