Bette Midler, ‘SNL’ Creator Lorne Michaels Among 2021 Kennedy Center Honorees

by Megan Molseed

The Kennedy Center Honors are ready to return at full capacity in December. This year’s honorees include a variety of artists each of which has made a lasting impact on American culture.

This year’s honorees include longtime singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell, music and Hollywood icon, Bette Midler, the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy, opera sensation Justino Diaz, and “Saturday Night Live” creator, Lorne Michaels.

The Kennedy Center Honors will be returning on December 5. Organizers of the event say that they expect the event to operate at full capacity. Last year’s gala experienced multiple delays due to COVID-19. The event was finally held earlier this year with multiple adjustments.

Some Well-Deserved Honorees

Bette Midler has won four Grammy Awards, three Emmys, and two Tony’s during her unprecedented career. The 75-year-old icon has also received two Oscar nominations. The icon has spent over 60 years performing onscreen or onstage. Her multiple-hit albums have sold well over 30 million copies.

Lorne Michaels is the mastermind behind the “not ready for primetime” hit “Saturday Night Live.”

The wildly popular and long-lasting show has received more Emmy award nominations than any other show in history. Michaels has been creating and producing the ” Saturday Night” program since 1975. Michaels’s genius is also behind some of pop culture’s most influential films such as ” Mean Girls” and “Wayne’s World.” The longtime producer received the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy in 2004.

Kennedy Center Honor Ceremony Back In Full Swing

Last year’s gala experienced indefinite delays. These delays were a result of the center closing down indoor programming because of pandemic-related restrictions. However, the 43rd annual event did eventually go on. Held in May, the 43rd annual event was a smaller-than-normal ceremony. The event included a number of small gatherings allowing for the practice of social distancing as well as pre-taped events.

This year, however, the organizers say the event will be back in full swing including live performances by some of the world’s biggest stars. Including performances by many of this year’s nominees.

According to Deborah Rutter, the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the current plan is to allow full attendance during the 44th annual event. However, Rutter did note that plans will remain flexible, as we all know things could possibly change at the last minute.

“We know how to do it now,” Rutter said in a recent interview. “We will make whatever adjustments we need.”