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On the red carpet, Cher shares what she would have said to Trump if he attended: "Will you?"

The Kennedy Center Honoree Cher sports the red carpet at the Washington event on December 2nd. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post) The red carpet preceding the Sunday evening Kennedy Center Honors is the first glimpse of talent A-list – typically an eclectic repertoire, which covers all genres and is generally kept secret for an effect dramatic – committed to honor the winners of the evening. So when the tuxedos and evening gowns began to appear in front of the cameras, the big question was: how badly would that night become starry? Author Ron Chernow, whose book inspired the musical "Hamilton" (the show and its creative team were the recipients of this year's groundbreaking work) was one of the first notables we spotted. Although he was anxious to talk about the TV series based on his volume, there was another topic that interested us, namely what he intended to say when he would perform at the dinner of the House correspondents White next year. he is the entertainment instead of the traditional comedian. So? He "noted a few notes," allowed Chernow, but otherwise, the law is kept secret.
Renowned author Ron Chernow attends the honors of the Kennedy Center. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

Musician St. Vincent (Annie Clark) said she was there to do a performance in honor of Phillip Glass. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post) The musician St. Vincent, who revealed that she would play a guitar piece from rapper-producer Tricky in tribute to the composer, offered a more immediate glimpse.
Phillip Glass. Meanwhile, the actress of "Law and Order," S. Epatha Merkerson, Carmen de Lavallade, previous winner of the dancer-choreographer, swept her beautiful black ball skirt. [Profiles of the 2018 Kennedy Center Honorees: Cher, Reba McEntire, Phillip Glass, Wayne Shorter, and the creators of ‘Hamilton’] A jukebox of country stars was crowded, probably to pay tribute to singer and actress Reba McEntire, recipient of a Kennedy Center medal. We spied on members of Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and Brooks & Dunn. Pop singer Kelly Clarkson was delirious about McEntire, apparently giving up the beans she would play in her honor (Kelly, it's supposed to be a surprise!), And. . wait, a rumor that Cyndi Lauper was in the building. At that time, the forecasts were becoming clearer: the night would be starry.
Singer Cyndi Lauper speaks to the press at the Kennedy Center Honors on December 2nd. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post) We debated the legend of the soul, Sam Moore, who wore a black tuxedo blazer, moccasins encrusted with rhinestones and the comforts of veteran KenCen Honors – that's it. He thinks it could be his seventh time at the gala. How is this different? The singer of "Soul Man" says he is so disappointed that President Trump casts a shadow on the night. The Trumps made history last year by refusing to host the traditional pre-event cocktail party or sitting in the winners' gallery, a first for 40 years that a president or a first lady was not part of the event, after several winners said that they did not want to attend a reception of the White House. This year, the assets have further diminished. "It was fine until I did not show because [of] Trump, "said Moore. Cut that out! It's not for him, but for the artist to be honored. Keep the policy out. "

Melissa Peterman, who will be honoring Reba co-star Reba McEntire, is on the red carpet. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post) Politics seemed to be the furthest thing from actress Melissa Peterman's mind. She was there to pay tribute to her co-star of "Reba," McEntire, and she explained that the hardest thing to get ready for the night was to reduce the content of 17 years of friendship with the country singer. to the 90 seconds that the spectators had allocated to him. She joked that she was recycling what was left in the cutting room. "I could talk about it for six hours," Peterson said. "Actually, I'm working on a women's show. It's called 'Reba! What do you want to know? And you might think that the people of Hamilton would be tired of getting tired of garnering praise for the show. But with a Grammy, a Pulitzer Prize, multiple Tonys Awards and a Drama Desk, a KenCen Honor will continue the trend of keeping the Manhattan Bookshelf builders on a solid booking. Chris Jackson, who played George Washington in the original cast, told us that this night was special – and that he was dressed to prove it in a black tuxedo with brocade and diamond earrings. "It's not just another night. It's not just another place, "Jackson said of the impressive venue.

A member of the original Hamilton distribution on Broadway, Christopher Jackson, on the right, walks the red carpet. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post) Finally, the carpet was illuminated by the laureates themselves, who were preparing for an evening that usually takes place as a song-dance version of "This Is Your Life" with cameras capturing their images. every reaction. Glass was erased, praising his fellow jazz musician
Wayne Shorter and singer-actress Cher. "I am delighted to be part of it," he said. "I'm not sure why I'm here." The composer and lyricist "Hamilton" Lin-Manuel Miranda, fresh out of a media blitz around his new film, "Mary Poppins Returns," politely kept the body of the press in Washington without germ. . He was to be honored alongside Hamilton director Thomas Kail, music director Alex Lacamoire and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. "You do not want to shake my hand," Miranda told reporters. "I am sick."
From left to right, co-creators "Hamilton" on the right, Andy Blankenbuehler, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Alex Lacamoire, received a special award from the Kennedy Center Honors for their "groundbreaking work". (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

Reba McEntire, one of the winners of the night, smiles to the press. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post) McEntire arrived with a majestic air wearing a royal blue dress and iconic buckles of fire. She said she was "delighted" and unlike many recipients who say they never dream of such an honor, admitted she had long aspired to join the ranks of the Kennedy Center. "I have wanted it for a long time," she said. "It's like being part of a club. I do not take that for granted at all. Finally, Cher wound up in the most expensive way possible (that is, highly anticipated, with no less than seven leather belts squeezing her waist) and declared herself in the "who, me? "Especially because she thought she was" a little out of the way "for the honor. "I never expected it," she said. And she probably answered the question on everyone's lips: what would she have told President Trump if the night had allowed him to contact IRL with the target of so many of his critical tweets? His response was as succinct as one of his catchy words: "Oh, go on."

Wayne Shorter, winner of the Kennedy Center in 2018, attends the event. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

Philip Glass, left, walks the red carpet with Saori Tsukada. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post).

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