The Honors Gala will take place Sunday, Dec. 7 and be recorded for broadcast on CBS for the 37th consecutive year. The two-hour primetime special will air Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m.
The honorees will be seated with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as their peers pay tribute to their talents and cultural contributions.
“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a statement. “Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting‘s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”