Friday, April 12, 2024

Kennedy Center Plans Big December Show Honoring Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Justino Diaz


The Kennedy Center Honors will have a big TV show this December. They’ve chosen four inductees who guarantee huge ratings on CBS.

The honorees are Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels and opera singer Justino Diaz.

The first four will make sure the CBS show, taping December 5th, will garner massive numbers two weeks later when it’s broadcast.

Gordy changed the culture with Motown. They could do a whole show on just him. Stevie, Smokey, and Diana could be on the show. Crazy.

Joni Mitchell is ‘in’ this year. Every female singer will line up to do a tribute to her.

Ditto Bette Midler. Who won’t want to sing “The Rose,” “From a Distance,” and so on? Plus, there’s Bette’s Hollywood film career. She’s the only film star on this year’s docket.

Lorne Michaels– the whole “SNL” gang, starting with Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon are likely to show up, not to mention Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, etc. Huge.

So what a show! And then they’ve thrown in an opera singer just to seem smart. No one really knows Diaz, but they will when the show airs.

Congrats to the newest class. And to the Kennedy Center, you’ve finally got a ratings grabber!

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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