Earth, Wind & Fire makes history at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors

Carla Harmon
December 10, 2019

Singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Sally Field, conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sesame Street, which turns 50 this year, were also honored during the 42 Honors.

"Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending", the Sesame Workshop said.

Kennedy Center honoree Linda Ronstadt let Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo know that she thinks he's no good during a headline-making callout at a reception over the weekend.

Tom Hanks, as the entered the building, pointed out that this annual tension seems unique to the Trump administration. She is known to be a critic of President Trump.

The Republican president opted not to come to the annual show during his first year in office because of controversy over his policies and has not come since.

Pop and country music icon and political activist Linda Ronstadt spoke her mind once again on Saturday (Dec. 7), during a State Department dinner recognizing Ronstadt and her fellow 2019 Kennedy Center honorees. Ronstadt, according to multiple attendees who posted on social media, responded, "When you stop enabling Donald Trump".

Carrie Underwood, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood and Flor de Toloache, an all-female mariachi band, performed.

Ronstadt is retired and suffers from Parkinson's disease.

Maura Tierney recalled working on the television show "ER", where Fields' played her unstable mother. The ceremony, which airs Sunday on CBS, paid tribute to the program's co-creators, Lloyd Morrisett and Joan Ganz Cooney, and especially the muppets. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt had an extended chat with Cookie Monster and the segment ended with a mass rendition of the show's signature tune, "Sing a Song".

EARTH, WIND AND FIRE: (Singing) You're a shining star, no matter who you are, shining bright to see what you could truly be - what you could truly be.

The night ended with invigorating performances by singers Cynthia Erivo, John Legend, Ne-Yo and the Jonas Brothers in honour of Earth, Wind & Fire, whose members include Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson.

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