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 In a star-studded affair that was celebrated with applause and admiration, the Kennedy Center Honors on December 3 showcased a spectacular celebration of talent and legacy in the nation’s capital. The spotlight this year fell on an illustrious group of individuals, and among them, two remarkable Black figures stood tall, not only in the amazing times of history but also within the heart of the Black community—Queen Latifah, 53, and Dionne Warwick, 82. 

Moreover, the distinguished duo shared the stage with President Biden, 81, and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, 72, during a gala that marked their induction into the exclusive club of lifetime achievement award recipients for the arts.  The performances were kept under wraps until showtime, unveiling a roster of stars eager to pay homage to the honorees. Country artist Mickey Guyton serenaded Warwick with gratitude for maintaining her unique magic, performing the 1974 hit “Then Came You.” Chloe Bailey followed suit, describing Warwick’s 1964 classic “Walk on By” as timeless, much like the honoree herself. Clive Davis, the legendary producer, praised Warwick’s voice, asserting that there’s no song she cannot master. Gladys Knight, a 2022 Kennedy Center Honoree, closed the tribute with a soulful rendition of Warwick’s “I Say a Little Prayer.”  

Furthermore, Queen Latifah, receiving a royal welcome, was honored by Kerry Washington as a “revelation, a force, a queen.” Washington expressed awe at Latifah’s brilliance and transformative impact, highlighting her influence as a role model. Rapper Missy Elliott reminisced about watching Queen Latifah’s groundbreaking “Ladies First” music video in high school, noting her pivotal role in changing the narrative and setting the bar high for respect.  

In conclusion,The 46th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, a culmination of artistic tributes and heartfelt accolades, is set to air on December 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. As the curtains close on this memorable event, the echoes of standing ovations linger, underscoring the enduring impact of Queen Latifah and Dionne Warwick in shaping the cultural tapestry of our times.