Kennedy Center Honors 2017: How to watch online and on TV, start time and pre-show

Last Updated Dec 26, 2017 7:55 PM EST

Five legendary creative forces -- dancer Carmen de Lavallade; music icons Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, and Lionel Richie; and TV writer/producer Norman Lear -- are being recognized with Kennedy Center Honors for their groundbreaking contributions to American culture. The five honorees will be feted in a two-hour televised special tonight spotlighting their iconic work and lasting influence.

In a break with tradition, President and Mrs. Trump did not attend the gala show, which was taped at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 3. The White House said they opted out "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction." 

2017 Kennedy Center Honors Formal Artist's Dinner Arrivals

The five recipients of the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors pose for a group photo on Dec. 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. From left to right, back row: LL Cool J and Lionel Richie Front row, left to right: Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear and Gloria Estefan. 

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The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Here are all the details on how to watch the Kennedy Center Honors show live:

  • Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2017
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT

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Kennedy Center Honors pre-show special on CBSN

Watch CBSN for pre-show coverage featuring highlights of the work that made these legendary artists famous:

  • Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2017
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Online and on TV: Watch live on CBSN

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