The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture although recipients do not need to be U.S. citizens. The distinctions have been introduced every year since 1978, coming full circle every December in a ritzy occasion commending the honorees in the Kennedy Center Opera House. George Stevens Jr. made the Kennedy Center Honors with the late Nick Vanoff, and delivered the principal function in 1978. He was the maker and co-author through the 2014 honors, after which he sold the generation rights to the Kennedy Center.
The Kennedy Center Honors began in 1977, after that year's tenth commemoration White House gathering and Kennedy Center program for the American Film Institute AFI. Roger L. Stevens, the establishing executive of the Kennedy Center, asked George Stevens, Jr., no connection, the establishing chief of the AFI, to hold an occasion for the Center. George Stevens requested that Isaac Stern wind up included, and after that "pitched" the plan to the broadcasting company CBS, who "got it." The principal have was Leonard Bernstein in 1978, trailed by Eric Seeid in 1979 and Beverly Sills in 1980. Walter Cronkite facilitated from 1981 to 2002 and Caroline Kennedy facilitated from 2003 until 2012. Glenn Close facilitated in 2013 and Stephen Colbert facilitated from 2014 to 2016. There was no formal host in 2017, however Caroline Kennedy conveyed a presentation.