Al Pacino will receive a 2016 Kennedy Center Honor.
Al Pacino will receive a 2016 Kennedy Center Honor.
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Emmy-winning television personality Stephen Colbert will host The Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, December 4. The 39th annual gala will be recorded by the CBS Network for a broadcast on Tuesday, December 27.

Recipients to be honored at the 39th annual national celebration of the arts are Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, rock band the Eagles, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, musician James Taylor, and screen and stage actor Al Pacino, who recently appeared on Broadway in David Mamet's China Doll.

The star-studded celebration will take place on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the recognition and gratitude of their peers through performances and tributes.

The President and Mrs. Obama will also receive the Honorees along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House before the performance and gala. The 2016 Kennedy Center Honors concludes with a gala dinner in the Grand Foyer. The honorary chairs of the 2016 Honors Gala are Buffy Cafritz and Ann D. Jordan.