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The Kennedy Center Honors Celebrates 3 Extraordinary Women

The Kennedy Center Honors Celebrates 3 Extraordinary Women

The Kennedy Center Honors gala, held annually in Washington D.C., celebrates the lifelong achievements and contributions from men and women in the world of arts. 

This year's 38th annual celebration included six honorees — three of which are women, and one of which is a MAKER.

Singer-songwriter Carole King, actress and singer Rita Moreno, and actress and Broadway legend, Cicley Tyson, were all in attendance Sunday night to accept their awards.

Stephen Colbert hosted the star-studded event that included the First Lady and the President.

King, who is also known for her advocacy work relating to climate change and women's rights, was honored by John Kerry.

"She lives the word 'citizen,'" said the Secretary of State about the singer-songwriter.

Also among the celebrity crowd was actress Kerry Washington, who heralded Tyson by saying the star, "does not merely act. She delves. She soars. She sings. She vibrates."

Groundbreaking actress and singer Moreno was in good company with fellow Latino game changers such as Rosie Perez, "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Golden Globes-winner and "Jane The Virgin" star, Gina Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also paid tribute to Moreno later in the evening, and was sure to capture a photo of herself, Moreno, and fellow Perez fans toward the end of the evening.

 

Puerto Ricans in the White House! #kennedycenterhonors #RitaMorenoTribute

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Moreno, who is known as  the first Latina to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in "West Side Story," was recognized by President Obama, who said called her "a leading lady of her era, a trailblazer with the courage to break through barriers and forge new paths."

Congratulations to these three incredible women!

Watch Moreno's exclusive MAKERS story in the video above.

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