Red Carpet Recap: The Star-Studded 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala

Aretha Franklin, Kerry Washington and Tyler Perry were just a few of the entertainment world's finest that came out to honor and celebrate Cicely Tyson along with some of the most iconic stars of our time. See who graced the red carpet at the grand event. 

ESSENCE.COM Dec, 30, 2015

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Kerry Washington attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Viola Davis and Julius Tennon attend the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Debbie Allen attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Janelle Monae attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Usher attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Tyler Perry attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Gail King attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Herbie Hancock attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Mellody Hobson and George Lucas attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Denyce Graves attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Rosie Perez attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Honoree Cicely Tyson poses with Arthur Mitchell at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres attends the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

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First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama enjoy the celebration during the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Viola Davis speaks onstage at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Franklin received the key to Cleveland during a star-studded tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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CeCe Winans performs onstage at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Tyler Perry speaks onstage at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Terence Blanchard, CeCe Winans, Kerry Washington, and Tyler Perry onstage at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Cicely Tyson, George Lucas, Carole King, Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama enjoy the celebration during the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Kerry Washington speaks onstage at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Cicely Tyson enjoys the celebration during the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.