The gala started with Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing the national anthem and encouraging everyone present to sing the final voice lines together.
Each of the honorees received a surprise in the form of a tribute song that covered one of their compositions.
Among the anchors that presented the event was Michel Che who joked that the President would already be sleeping by the end of the evening.
“We welcome everyone back. Our nation is stronger, more dynamic and more vibrant because of you. I don’t think you fully appreciate what you do for so many people,” the President said in a statement.
âYou know, I've said again and again that the arts will bring us together. When we laugh together, we cry together, we're inspired together, we find our common ground more easily.â âSpeaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 21, 2021#KennedyCenterHonorspic.twitter.com/GzLOmNbGNu