The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony may have occurred on December 8, but the show was finally broadcast to the public on December 29. All five honorees had at least a small (but most had huge) experience with music, and as such, all had at least one musical number as part of their personal celebration. We sum up the various honorees and their "guests" below.
Shirley MacLaine: She was the only one at the honors this year billed as anything other than a musical performer, but actress MacLaine still delivered as a vocalist on both the stage and big screen. Accordingly, fellow actress/vocalist Anna Kendrick led a rousing rendition of "It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish," a song from the musical Seesaw.
Martina Arroyo: This definition of operatic diva received vocal tributes from tenor Joseph Calleja and soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. She also received a "spoken word" tribute from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor however.
Herbie Hancock: Naturally, there was a healthy jazz tribute to Hancock: Pianist Chick Corea, trumpeter Terence Blanchard and bassist Marcus Miller tore it up. The most interesting member of the ensemble was the Beastie Boys' DJ Mix Master Mike, who contributed a keytar. Even more interesting a Hancock tribute was rapper Snoop Dogg, who sang "Gin & Juice," a track that sampled the jazz master.
Carlos Santana: Santana appropriately had a number of solid guitarists representing him at the ceremony. First, there was his predecessor Buddy Guy, then there was Alice Cooper's touring shredder Orianthi Panagaris, followed by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Steve Winwood jumped on to play and sing for "Everybody's Everything."
Billy Joel: Joel was probably the most popular name on the bill of honorees at the ceremony, and he had plenty of star power to sing his tunes, including: Don Henley of The Eagles, Rufus Wainwright, and Brendon Urie of Panic! at The Disco. The biggest surprise however was an appearance by Garth Brooks.