The first weekend in December is one of our very favorite times at the salon. That’s the weekend of the world-renowned Kennedy Center Honors. Every year we have the honor of helping a number of celebrities look their best for the all-star gala. It’s always exciting to speculate who will walk through our doors. (Hush! It’s a secret.)
The 2016 event will take place on December 4 and will recognize actor Al Pacino, singer/songwriter James Taylor, the rock band The Eagles, Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, and gospel/blues singer Mavis Staples. As has been the tradition for the past 39 years, POTUS and FLOTUS are scheduled to attend, along with notables from the worlds of show business, politics, and commerce.
Pacino has portrayed “some of the most powerful characters of our time on both the stage and silver screen,” said a statement from the Kennedy Center. The KenCen recognized Taylor as “one of the defining musical figures of our time,” and lauded Staples for a career that has spanned 60 years, serving as a musical backdrop for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil rights campaign. It noted Argerich’s distinguished performances that have garnered her reputation as “one of the greatest pianists of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Members of the Eagles (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh) were originally selected to receive the award last year; their participation was postponed due to the illness of the late musician Frey.
The Kennedy Center Honors gala is the institution’s premier fundraising event and it spans several days. It is preceded the previous evening by a private reception and dinner at the U.S. State Department, hosted by the U.S. Secretary of State. At that event, honorees are presented with the ribbons they wear during the gala.