Though it’s always a pleasure to watch “The Kennedy Center Honors”, the broadcast always leave us wondering, why don’t they trot out the big guns to pay tribute to the honorees? When the late James Brown was awarded, where were those he influenced most, a la George Clinton, Michael Jackson, and Prince? Last night, Barbra Streisand was feted, but with no stage salutes from appropriate figures cuch as Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Bette Midler, and Bernadette Peters.
The Center got it right with one honoree this year- George Jones. Country crooners Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and Randy Travis took the stage to serenade us with solos from the Jones ouvre. That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! An aside- I’m glad East Texan Jones was honored this year, when First Lady Laura Bush, who surely grew up on his moving music, was there to introduce his segment.