Kennedy Center Honors recipients are an illustrious bunch, including country legend Merle Haggard, Sir Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Broadway composer Jerry Herman, and choreographer Bill T. Jones. Earlier this month they gathered in the nation’s capital for a gala ceremony that aired last night on CBS.This year’s
The show included lots of A-list performances as usual. Among them were Jennifer Hudson singing a song from The Color Purple for Winfrey, No Doubt rocking “Penny Lane” for McCartney, Mavis Staples and James Taylor topping that with a “Let It Be”/”Hey Jude” double-whammy, and country heavyweights like Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Miranda Lambert all tipping their hats to Haggard. Other highlights were humbler in scale, like when Alec Baldwin gave McCartney a wry spoken introduction.
Check out Baldwin’s speech after the jump (note that the clip will auto-play) and let us know: Did you watch the Kennedy Center Honors on TV last night? Which were your favorite parts? READ FULL STORY »