Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cher among 2018's Kennedy Center honorees
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Cher and Lin-Manuel Miranda — two of the entertainment world’s most politically vocal stars — will be among this year’s Kennedy Center honorees, one year after some of the award's recipients threatened to boycott over President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the recipients of its prestigious awards on Wednesday.

In addition to the “Believe” singer and the “Hamilton” creator, country music star Reba McEntire, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter and composer Philip Glass will be honored at the Dec. 2 ceremony in Washington.


Miranda, along with “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire, will receive “a unique Kennedy Center Honors as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category,” according to the arts institution.

Last year, at least two of the honorees, TV legend Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade, said they would boycott a reception traditionally held at the White House in protest of Trump.

The reception ended up not taking place, and the White House later announced that the president and first lady would forgo the annual awards to avoid “political distraction.”

Cher, 72, is one of Trump’s fiercest critics, regularly blasting the commander in chief on Twitter. The entertainer has slammed Trump as a “f---ing traitor” and has said she wished he would “fall off the face of the Earth.”

Miranda, 38, has also been critical of Trump, particularly his administration’s response in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017. After Trump attacked Puerto Rican officials, Miranda replied that the president was “going straight to hell.”

“The world looks to America for its creative instincts and artistic courage,” Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said in a statement. “This year’s slate of Honorees represents the pinnacle of our nation’s originality and the rich mosaic of diverse perspectives and art forms that has come to define who we are as a people.”

The 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26.