This is the first time in five years that a majority of the honorees have been women.
Garth Brooks, Joan Baez, violinist Midori, choreographer Debbie Allen and the ageless Dick Van Dyke are the artists selected to receive the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors. The announcement was made on Wednesday (Jan. 13).
The Kennedy Center Honors is traditionally held in December. The 2020 edition was postponed to May 2021 due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Live events and filming are planned for the week of May 17-22. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBS as a two-hour primetime special that will air on June 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Virtual events will also be held throughout the week beginning May 17, and the viability of additional in-person events will be considered as COVID-19 safety protocols evolve over the upcoming months…An honoree medallion ceremony for the honorees and a limited audience will be hosted by the Kennedy Center during [the week of]May 17–22.”