James Taylor, Mavis Staples and the Eagles Honored at the Kennedy Center

by VVN Music

The Kennedy Center Honors held their annual gala on Sunday night, honoring James Taylor, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Martha Argerich and the Eagles.

Hosted by Stephen Colbert, the evening included all of the honorees sitting with President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama.

Over the length of the program, many actors and musicians took the stage to pay tribute to each of the honorees, performing important songs or classical works for the four from a musical background along with Shakespeare, dances and impersonations for Pacino.

The tributes and performances for the night:
  • Opening remarks by host Stephen Colbert
  • James Taylor
    • Introduction by Bill Clinton
    • Sweet Baby James / Carolina in My Mind - Darius Rucker
    • Fire and Rain / Your Smiling Face - Sheryl Crow
    • Shower the People - Garth Brooks
    • How Sweet It Is - Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Howard University Choir
  • Al Pacino
    • Tribute by Sean Penn
    • Tribute by Chris O'Donnell
    • Tribute by Bobby Cannavale
    • How to Impersonate Al Pacino - Kevin Spacey
    • Shakespeare sonnets - Laurence Fishburne & Lily Rabe
    • Tango from Scent of a Woman - Chris O'Donnell & Gabrielle Anwar
  • Mavis Staples
    • Introduction by Bonnie Raitt
    • Tribute by Don Cheadle
    • Respect Yourself / I'll Take You There - Elle King
    • We Shall Not Be Moved / Freedom Highway - Bonnie Raitt & Andra Day
  • Martha Argerich
    • Introduction by Jeff Goldblum
    • Beethoven sonata - Itzhak Perlman and Yefim Bronfman
    • Grand Tango - Yuja Wang (introduced by Placido Domingo)
  • The Eagles
    • Introduction by Ringo Starr
    • Take It Easy - Kings of Leon
    • Peaceful Easy Feeling - Vince Gill
    • Heartache Tonight - Bob Seger
    • Hotel California - Juanes
    • Life in the Fast Lane - All

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