By Chris Beachum




CBS celebrates the 40th anniversary of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honorson Tuesday with one of its most eclectic lineups ever. Pop singers Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, rap star and actor LL Cool J, choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, and legendary TV producer Norman Lear are the 2017 honorees. The program was taped in Washington, D.C. on December 3 and airs on December 26.

Below is the complete lineup for the two-hour show, with presenters, performers and songs for each honoree. Please note some of these moments might be cut for the final version due to time constraints.

Eva Longoria (speaker)
Cast of “On Your Feet!” (“1, 2, 3”)
Chaka Khan and Howard University Gospel Choir (“Coming Out of the Dark”)
Jon Secada (speaker)
Becky G (“Mi Tierra”)
Emily Estefan (“Reach”)
Miami Sound Machine (“Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Oye,” “Turn the Beat Around,” “Everlasting Love,” “Get on Your Feet”)

J. J. Abrams (speaker)
U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants (“America the Beautiful”)
Dave Chappelle (speaker)
Rob Reiner (speaker from “All in the Family” set)
Rachel Bloom (speaker from “Maude” set)
Kenya Barris (speaker from “Good Times” set)
Anthony Anderson (speaker from “The Jeffersons” set)
Rita Moreno (speaker from “One Day at a Time” set)

Queen Latifah (speaker)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (speaker)
DJ Z-Trip (performer)
Busta Rhymes (“Mama Said Knock You Out”)
MC Lyte (“I’m Bad”)
Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (“It Gets No Rougher”)
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (“Rock the Bells”)

Meryl Streep (speaker)
Jon Batiste with dancers Stella Abrera and Brandon Victor Dixon (“Soul Bossa Nova”)
Sheila Frazier with dancers Alicia Graf Mack, Linda Celeste Sims and Matthew Rushing (“Wade in the Water”)
Jacqueline Bolier with dancer Lindsey Croop (“Deux Bourees: N’ai Pas leu De MiO”)
Misty Copeland (speaker)
Rebecca Luker with dancers Misty Copeland and Robert Fairchild (“Bill”)
All Above with Howard University Gospel Choir (“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”)

Stevie Wonder (“Hello,” “Easy”)
Kenny Rogers (speaker)
Luke Bryan (“Penny Lover,” “Sail On”)
Quincy Jones (speaker)
Nicole Richie (speaker)
Leona Lewis (“Say You Say Me,” “All Night Long”)

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