Each year since 1978 the Kennedy Center Honors has served as a moment for the nation to celebrate the contributions and careers of Artist who have left an indelible mark on American character.
This year’s honors went to Cher, Reba McEntire, Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass and the original cast of Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Even the Kennedy Center building itself was decked in Rainbow colors, as if acknowledging that with Cher there was sure to be a gay moment….or two.
Adam Lambert stole the show and earned tears from Cher when he took the stage and performed “Believe.”
But it got arguably even gayer when Cyndi Lauper took the stage. Cher shouted out to her: “You told me you were in Los Angeles!!!” to which Lauper replied “I lied,” and then brought Washington and the nation to its feet with a rollicking rendition of “If I could turn back time.”
And it didn’t stop with those three Divas, because Kelly Clarkson, Diva, delivered Reba’s “Fancy” better than, well, Reba, also a Diva:
Over the years Kennedy Center has honored a number of LGBT community members; Composer Aaron Copland was honored in 1979 and died in 1990 at age 90; Author Tennessee Williams was also honored 1979 and died in 1983 age 73; Composer and Conductor Leonard Bernstein was honored in 1980 and died in 1990 at age 72; Choreographer Jerome Robbins was honored in 1981 and died in 1998 at age 79; Composer Virgil Thomson was honored in 1982 and died in 1989 at age 92; Conductor and Composer Gian Carlo Menotti was honored in 1984 and died in 2007 at age 95; Lyricist Frederick Loewe was honored in 1985 and died in 1988 at age 86; Dancer and Choreographer Merce Cunningham was honored in 1986 and died in 2009 at age 90; Ballet Choreographer Antony Tudor was honored in 1986 and died in 1987 at age 79; Dancer and Choreographer Alwin Nikolais was honored in 1987 and died in 1993 at age 82; Dancer and Choreographer Alvin Ailey was honored in 1988 and died in 1989 at age 58; Dancer and Choreographer Paul Taylor was honored in 1992 and died in 2018 at age 88; Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim was honored in 1993, he is 88 years old; Dancer and Choreographer Arthur Mitchell was honored in 1993 and died in 2018 at age 84; Playwright Edward Albee was honored in 1996 and did in 2016 at age 88; Lyricists Fred Ebb & John Kander were honored in 1998 — Ebb died in 2004, age 76; Kander was born in 1927; Pianist Van Cliburn was born in 2001 and died in 2013 at age 78; Conductor James Levine was honored in 2002 and is now 75 years old; Singer/Composer and Pianist Elton John was honored in 2004 and is now 71 years old; Dancer and Choreographer Bill T Jones was 2010 and is now 66 years old; Lyricist Jerry Herman was honored in 2010 and was born in 1931; Actress Lily Tomlin, the first out lesbian celebrated, was honored in 2014 and was born in 1939.