Tonight is the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors and this year’s honorees are Cher, composer Philip Glass, country star Reba McEntire, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and the co-creators of “Hamilton”. The Kennedy Center Honors features entertainers receiving recognition for their accomplishments and life work. The event is not live, as it is previously taped, but it airs tonight. Get the rundown on what time the event airs, what channel to watch on TV, how to watch the program online, tonight’s performers and more below.
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS 2018 TIME & DATE: The Kennedy Center Honors for 2018 were held earlier this month, in Washington, D.C., on December 2, 2018, but they air on December 26, 2018. This is the 41st year of the annual event and it will air from 8 – 10 p.m. ET/PT and 7 – 9 p.m. CT.
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS 2018 CHANNEL: The show airs on the CBS network. Check with your local TV provider (Verizon FIOS, Optimum, etc.) for the exact channel number. You can also find the details here to check out all CBS affiliate stations in various locations.
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS 2018 LIVE STREAM: If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch CBS live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all CBS content (both live and on-demand) via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a 7-day free trial.
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch CBS live on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
CBS (available live in select markets, which you can find here) is one of 85 channels included in the main Fubo bundle. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the show on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including CBS (available live in select markets, which you can find here). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the show on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has most shows available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
This service lets you watch a live stream of your local CBS channel, as well as all of CBS’ on-demand library. It’s ultimately the same as the Amazon Prime option, only you’re watching through CBS’ digital platform rather than Amazon’s. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and then you can watch CBS live on your computer via the CBS website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the CBS app.
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS 2018 PERFORMERS & SCHEDULE: According to Gold Derby, each of the honorees will be paid tribute to in this order – Reba McEntire, Wayne Shorter, “Hamilton”, Philip Glass, and Cher. Here is the lineup for the performers and what to expect. For Reba McEntire’s segment, the people participating in performances and speeches include Bobby Bones, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Melissa Peterman, Kristen Chenoweth and Brooks and Dunn. Shorter’s segment is next and it includes Jason Moran, the Wayne Shorter Tribute Jazz Band, Herbie Hancock, Hancock with Esperanza Spaulding, Bernie Williams and Renee Fleming.
For the “Hamilton” segment, the performers and speakers are Anthony Ramos, Phillippa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The performers during Philip Glass’ segment include Paul Simon, Jon Batiste, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Anjelique Kidjo, Annie Clark, Jennifer Koh, and S. Epatha Merkerson. For Cher’s tribute segment, the participants include Whoopi Goldberg, Little Big Town, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and starred in “Hamilton” spoke with CBS News about being honored with such esteem for the Kennedy Center Honors and he said, “Who even thought this was in the realm of possibility? The fact that they’re honoring our collective work means the world. I get to meet all of the other honorees — that’s the most interesting part.”