Cher, Reba McEntire, and the creators of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” — superstars of the entertainment world — gathered in Washington on Sunday to enter the ranks of highly celebrated artists as recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.
Cher, the Oscar-winning actress and pop icon, and McEntire, a country music singer and songwriter who has acted on stage and television, joined jazz musician Wayne Shorter and composer Philip Glass to receive the awards, which recognize a lifetime of contributions to the arts.
In an unusual move for the arts organization, the Kennedy Center also recognized the creators of “Hamilton” with a special award for a “transformative work that defies category,” recognizing Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and starred in the show; Thomas Kail, who directed it; Andy Blankenbuehler, who designed the show’s choreography; and Alex Lacamoire, who did the orchestration.
Though celebrities and high-ranking Washington politicians attended the annual gathering, President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, stayed away for the second year in a row.
That drew mixed responses from the attendees.
Cher, who has made no secret of her disdain for the Republican president, suggested she would not have shown up if Trump had been present.