President George W. Bush with the nominees
The Kennedy Center Honors are annual honors given to artists for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. The award is presented annually since 1978 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington. In 2005, Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford and Tina Turner were awarded by the President of the United States, George W. Bush.
After a very personal speech from Tina’s friend Oprah Winfrey, three of Tina’s biggest hits were performed live on stage from Al Green with Let’s Stay Together, Queen Latifah with What’s Love Got To Do With It and Beyoncé with Proud Mary. She also paid tribute to the two Tina’s in her life - her mother and Tina Turner. Her performance led to, that Tina performed together with Beyoncé three years later at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.
Date: December 04, 2005
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington (USA)
Host: President George W. Bush
Laudator: Oprah Winfrey
Musical Guests: Al Green, Queen Latifah, Beyoncé