2023 Kennedy Center Honors Set Premiere Date and Host

Dionne Warwick, Queen Latifah and Billy Crystal are among the recipients of the 2023 Kennedy Center Honors (Credit: Featureflash and Kennedy Center Honors)

The Kennedy Center Honors return in December with Gloria Estefan as host.

CBS made the announcement on Tuesday, saying  Estefan will emcee the awards for a third time. The Grammy-winning singer received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2017.

This year’s previously announced honorees include rapper, singer and actress Queen Latifah; legendary singer Dionne Warwick; actor and comedian Billy Crystal; acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming; and British singer-songwriter and Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb.

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The event will also mark the 50th anniversary of hip hop.

“I’m exceptionally happy to be honored by the Kennedy Center. It’s very exciting to be recognized for my contributions to the music industry for the past 60 years,” Warwick said in a statement.

“I am overwhelmed to be part of this fantastic group of artists. I started performing when I was five years old, making my parents and family laugh,” added Crystal. “It has been a thrilling lifetime of performing in so many different arenas and my heart is full of gratitude to the Kennedy Center.”

The Kennedy Center Honors recognize lifetime achievements of individuals who’ve had an impact on American life and culture through the performing arts — via music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures or television.

The 46th annual celebration will be recorded at the Kennedy Center Opera House stage on Dec. 3, 2023.

The 2023 Kennedy Center Honors air on Wednesday, Dec. 27 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network and stream on Paramount+.