President Joe Biden spent Thursday morning in a star-studded meeting with this year’s Kennedy Center honorees
The president met at the White House with the recipients of the lifetime artistic achievement awards: country music legend Garth Brooks, dancer and actress Debbie Allen, violin virtuoso Midori, folk music icon Joan Baez and actor Dick Van Dyke. They were joined by the honorees’ guests, the chairman of the board of trustees and the president of the Kennedy Center, and Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens.
The event itself will be much different from those in years past. The centerpiece event for Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts normally happens in December, but it was postponed last year amid the pandemic.
The awards program typically centers around a gala in the Kennedy Center’s main theater that includes tributes and performances that are kept secret from the honorees. Now, planners are filming various events across the Kennedy Center campus this week, some with socially-distanced audiences and many without.
The event will air on CBS on June 6.