Gloria Estefan is reclaiming our time!
On Saturday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts held it’s 40th annual celebration of the arts and this year’s honorees were a representation of the arts across the board – including Estefan.
The Cubana along with hip-hop artist LL Cool J, singer Lionel Richie, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, and American television writer and producer Norman Lear were presented as this year’s honorees back in August. The ceremony held for the honorees was held on Sunday night. The five all-star carefully selected for their accomplishments in their careers and how they have shaped cultural life in America as Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said in the announcement of the honorees.
The star-studded gala featured many in attendance, but for the fourth time in 40 years, a sitting United States president did not attend. According to the The New York Times, President Trump did not participate in to avoid “political distraction” as mentioned in a statement from the White House. & Guess what, the 60-year-old beauty Estefan was actually thankful he didn't make it out to the event.
During a State Department dinner for the honorees Saturday night, some of Washington’s politicians were in attendance. While some at the dinner tried to keep it light on political topics, some weighed in on other territories, including immigration. The iconic actress, Rita Moreno quoted a segment of the State Department’s official mission, according to The New York Times.
“Some of us have rattled the chains for issues of Justice,” Moreno said. “Well, mi amiga, Gloria, it is not lost on me tonight that one immigrant girl will honor another.”
While accepting the award, Estefan spoke on the fragility of freedom, saying, “People here think you can never lose this, but you can lose this. We all have to stand up for what this country is, for its values. “
A win for the On Your Feet producer is a win for the Latina community and we couldn't be prouder! Bendición Gloria! CBS will broadcast The Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern.