'Sesame Street,' Earth, Wind & Fire among 2019 Kennedy Center Honors recipients
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The Kennedy Center will recognize an array of high-profile performers at its 2019 Honors ceremony, including singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Sally Field and the classic children's TV show "Sesame Street."

The Washington, D.C., arts institution announced the recipients of its annual Honors on Thursday. In addition to "You're No Good" singer Ronstadt and Academy Award winner Field, the R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will also receive the prestigious award, given by the Kennedy Center for lifetime artistic achievements.

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“In this class of Honorees, we are witnessing a uniquely American story: one that is representative of so many cultural touchstones and musical moments that make our nation great,” Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said in a statement.

The awards show, currently in its 42nd year, became a lightning rod of sorts under the Trump administration. In President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE's first year in office in 2017, several Kennedy Center honorees said they would avoid a White House reception traditionally held before the event in protest of the commander in chief. 

Trump ultimately opted out of attending the awards gala. He and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOnly Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover MORE also skipped last year's Honors event. 

The gala will be filmed in early December and broadcast on CBS on Dec. 15.