Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Norman Lear, and Carmen De Lavallade were honored by the Kennedy Center Tuesday night. The ceremony aired on CBS.
The honor is given to influencers in the performance arts for their contributions to american culture.
Watch Lionel Richie's remarks on receiving this recognition:
"I think about the Tuskegee Airmen, those wonderful guys that raised me, who basically said to me 'failure is not an option,' and here I am tonight standing on their shoulders."—2017 Honoree @LionelRichie #KCHonors pic.twitter.com/a8qdc3MALF— The Kennedy Center (@kencen) December 27, 2017
Watch Country singer Luke Bryan's tribute to Lionel Richie: