[VIDEO] Kennedy Center Honors Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and LL Cool J at Trump-Free Ceremony

Kennedy Center honorees including Lionel Richie, LL Cool J and Gloria Estefan celebrate the American Dream in Trump-free ceremony after he canceled the traditional White House reception

With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.

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Singers Lionel Richie (top right) and Gloria Estefan (bottom right), rapper turned actor LL Cool J (top left), producer Norman Lear (bottom center) and dancer Carmen de Lavallade (bottom right) are pictured at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. on Saturday

The awards, known as the Kennedy Center Honors, are considered the top recognition in the country for artists across a variety of fields, and the annual event’s importance is usually highlighted by a White House reception with the president and the first lady.

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