Since its inception in 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors has redefined America's perception of its artistic legacy and reinvented the way this nation rewards its artists. The Honors have been compared to a knighthood in Britain, or the French Legion of Honor--the quintessential reward for a lifetime's endeavor. At the same time, the annual addition of new names to the roster of Honors recipients charts the international standard of excellence set by America's artists, as well as the aesthetic inspiration provided by artists of other nations who have achieved prominence on these shores.
The annual Honors gala is an evening without categories, without disappointments, and without competition. And the Honors telecast, aired during the week between Christmas and New Year's, is a perennial Emmy nominee. It serves for millions of American arts lovers as the year's crowning event, paying tribute to our nation's preeminent artists with performances by the great stars of today who have followed in their footsteps. The complete list of guest performers is kept secret until the show is in progress, keeping both the Honorees and the nation on the edge of their seats.
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment have been selected as Executive Producers of the 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors. Since partnering in 1999 to form White Cherry Entertainment, Glenn Weiss (Executive Producer/Director) and Ricky Kirshner (Executive Producer) have become one of the most sought-after and award-winning television producing teams in the world. White Cherry Entertainment specializes in creating compelling live events and translating that same energy to broadcast viewers at home. The company's wide-ranging credits include some of the most critically acclaimed and highest-rated television specials, stadium spectaculars, and events in recent memory. They are well known for producing the perennial award winning Tony Awards for the last 12 consecutive years, and also for producing the Emmy Awards, NFL Opening Kickoff and Super Bowl Halftime Shows, the Democratic National Convention, Presidential Inaugural Galas, and many others. To date, White Cherry Entertainment has won 8 Emmy Awards, while Kirshner and Weiss have individually received an additional 4 Emmy Awards, 6 Directors Guild Awards, a Peabody Award, and more than 30 Emmy nominations.
Throughout the years, the Kennedy Center Honors has upheld a tradition of recognizing the lifelong accomplishments and extraordinary talents of our nations' most-prestigious artists. Find out more about past Honorees by clicking on a name below.