2011 Kennedy Center Honors

2011 Kennedy Center Honors
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 05, 2011

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The President and First Lady arrive in the East Room of the White House to attend a reception for Kennedy Center Honorees in Washington, D.C.

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Raphael Saadiq arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.

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Sonny Rollins sits front and center with fellow 2011 Kennedy Center Honor recipients Yo Yo Ma, Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook and Neil Diamond as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Smokey and Frances Robinson arrive at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.

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Lionel Richie arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand as the national anthem is played during the Kennedy Center Honors event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC,