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2023 Kennedy Center Honors announces date of televised ceremony

Broadway’s Billy Crystal, Renée Fleming and Barry Gibb are among the artists to be honored on the Dec. 27 telecast.

(L-R) Billy Crystal, Renée Fleming and Barry Gibb (Credit: Bonnie Schiffman, Andrew Eccles and Getty Images)

The on-air date for the 2023 Kennedy Center Honors has been announced.

The 46th annual event will air on Dec. 27 on CBS and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT. The ceremony, directed by Alex Rudzinski, will be filmed on Dec. 3 at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House.

This year’s  previously announced honorees include Tony Award winner Billy Crystal, Tony nominee Renée Fleming, Barry Gibb, Queen Latifah and Dionne Warwick. Gloria Estefan, a 2017 honoree, returns as host for the third time.

Crystal most recently appeared on Broadway in “Mr. Saturday Night,” for which he also co-wrote the musical’s book. His solo work “700 Sundays” won the 2005 Tony for Best Theatrical Event, on which he was a producer. Fleming made her Main Stem debut in 2015’s “Living on Love,” and earned a 2018 Tony nomination for her turn in “Carousel.” Gibb’s songs have been heard in several Broadway productions, most notably in 1999’s “Saturday Night Fever.” “Fever” featured songs by the BeeGees, of which Gibb is a founding member. Estefan’s autobiographical “On Your Feet!” bowed on Broadway in 2015.

Created by George Stevens Jr., the Kennedy Center Honors celebrate the lifetime achievements of those in the performing arts, specifically their contributions to American culture.

The telecast is being produced by Done+Dusted in association with ROK Productions, represented by Elizabeth Kelly. Both Kelly and David Jammy will serve as executive producers.