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No Kennedy Center Honors This Year, Annual December Event is Pushed to March 2021, Trump Won’t Have to Deal with it


The Kennedy Center Honors have been pushed to March 2021.

That’s good news for Donald Trump, who’s the first president since the Honors began in 1967 to miss all the ceremonies during his administration. He’ll be well out of office by then, it is fervently hoped.

The Kennedy Center Honors usually are taped in early December and shown a couple of weeks later.

This means that there will be two ceremonies in 2021, one in March and one in late December.

All Kennedy Center gatherings have been postponed including the Mark Twain prize, which will be given in June 2021.

This will give the Kennedy Center time to figure out who will be inducted this next time around. Some who should be getting the prize, like Dick van Dyke, are in their 90s and can’t wait much longer.

There are also issues about race, since many black actors, especially Denzel Washington, are way overdue. Black singers, like Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight, not to mention Sam Moore, have also waited longer than is reasonable.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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