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Bidens meet with Kennedy Center honorees, a tradition ignored by Trump

President Biden and Jill Biden are returning to a tradition that had been broken by former President Trump, meeting with this year’s Kennedy Center Honors recipients.

The commander in chief and first lady hosted country music singer Garth Brooks, actor Dick Van Dyke, violinist Midori, songwriter Joan Baez and choreographer Debbie Allen at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Thursday morning, according to the White House.

The five artists are poised to be recognized with the prestigious honors from the performing arts institution in Washington this week.

The star-studded 43rd annual ceremony, typically held in December, had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to air June 6 on CBS.

Trump bucked tradition by skipping the Honors year after year while in office. He and Melania Trump first opted out of attending the 2017 event after several of that year’s honorees, including Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade, said they would avoid a White House reception in protest of him.

Tags debbie allen dick van dyke Donald Trump Garth Brooks Jill Biden joan baez Joe Biden Kennedy Center Honorees Kennedy Center Honors Melania Trump The Kennedy Center

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