Award receipients from the Kenndy Center since 1978
Throughout its 40-year history, the Kennedy Center Honors has redefined America's perception of its artistic legacy and reinvented the way this nation rewards its artists. The Honors have been compared to a knighthood in Britain, or the French Legion of Honor--the quintessential reward for a lifetime's endeavor. The Honors telecast, aired during the week between Christmas and New Year's, is a perennial Emmy nominee. This is a complete list of those receiving the honor 1978-2018. The ranking represents the year of the award.