Kennedy Center honorees each received a lengthy and personally tailored onstage tribute Sunday night sprinkled with surprise guests.
One person absent rfom the ceremony was President Trump, who announced back in August that he would not be attending.
Gloria Estefan, an honoree, said that it's best that the President chose to stay away.
She was greeted with performances of her greatest hits and a solo performance by her daughter Emily.
For LL Cool J, they recreated a club onstage with performances by Busta Rhymes and members of The Roots as well as a testimonial by Queen Latifah.For television producer Norman Lear, a series of quick changes transformed the stages into the sets from "Good Times," ''All in the Family" and "Maude," with testimonials from Rob Reiner, Dave Chappelle and Anthony Anderson from the current hit show "Black-ish."