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From honoree to running the whole show, Gloria Estefan to host Kennedy Center Honors

Gloria Estefan will host the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 2, 2018.
Gloria Estefan will host the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 2, 2018. Miami Herald file, 2014

Gloria Estefan made history at last December’s 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors when she accepted the prestigious award.

She became the first Cuban American to earn the distinction for an award that honors lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

Apparently, Kennedy Center producers can’t get enough of the Miami singer-songwriter because Estefan, 61, is set to host the 41st annual program on Dec. 2 from the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington.

Estefan will play host to a celebration set to honor some of her fellow peers in popular music, including singer and Oscar-winning actress Cher, who is bringing her Here We Go Again Tour to Sunrise’s BB&T Center on Jan. 19, and country music star and actress Reba McEntire.

In addition, Kennedy Center honors for 2018 are going to composer and pianist Philip Glass and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.

There will also be a special Kennedy Center honor for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Miami musician Alex Lacamoire, the co-creators of the Broadway sensation, “Hamilton.”

Estefan posted on her Instagram account that she is “so excited to announce that I get the great privilege to host this year’s @kchonors after getting the incredible award last year!!”

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991. Follow @HowardCohen on Twitter.
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Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.


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