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Watch tonight: Joni Mitchell & more celebrated at star-studded Kennedy Center Honors event

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The 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors special airs tonight on CBS, featuring star-studded tributes to Joni Mitchell, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. and Bette Midler, as well as Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and opera baritone Justino Diaz.

Among the performers and presenters who took part in the gala, which was held December 5 in Washington, D.C., were Paul Simon, Graham NashStevie Wonder and many more.

Nash was featured as the narrator of a video presentation celebrating Mitchell, who was his one-time romantic partner. Among the performers who paid tribute to the legendary Canadian singer/songwriter were Herbie HancockAlabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile and Ellie Goulding.

Simon, a close friend of Michaels, performed his classic Simon & Garfunkel tune “America” in honor of Lorne. The segment also featured tributes from Steve Martin and various former and current SNL cast members, including Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Seth Meyers, Kevin Nealon, Pete Davidson, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Michael Che and Colin Jost.

The event’s finale featured a salute to Gordy, which included musical tributes from Wonder and Smokey Robinson.

The Kennedy Center Honors special airs at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on CBS.

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