WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent Thursday morning in a star-studded assembly with this yr’s Kennedy Heart honorees.
The president met on the White Home with the recipients of the lifetime creative achievement awards: nation music legend Garth Brooks, dancer and actress Debbie Allen, violin virtuoso Midori, folks music icon Joan Baez and actor Dick Van Dyke. They have been joined by the honorees’ friends, the chairman of the board of trustees and the president of the Kennedy Heart, and Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens.
The assembly marked a return to custom after former President Donald Trump prevented the celebration throughout his tenure. He dropped the normal White Home invitation for honorees and skipped the ceremony after quite a few the 2017 honorees stated they might boycott the White Home reception in protest in opposition to Trump’s insurance policies.
The occasion itself shall be a lot totally different from these in years previous. The centerpiece occasion for Washington’s Kennedy Heart for the Performing Arts usually occurs in December, nevertheless it was postponed final yr amid the pandemic.
The awards program sometimes facilities round a gala within the Kennedy Heart’s principal theater that features tributes and performances which might be saved secret from the honorees. Now, planners are filming numerous occasions throughout the Kennedy Heart campus this week, some with socially-distanced audiences and lots of with out.
The occasion will air on CBS on June 6.
Alexandra Jaffe, The Related Press