VIDEO: CeCe Winans Performs 'Blessed Assurance' in Tribute to Kennedy Center Honoree Cicely Tyson

Earlier this month, in a star-studded celebration on the KENNEDY Center Opera House stage, Seiji Ozawa, Tony Award winner Rita Moreno (WEST SIDE STORY), Carole King, George Lucas, and Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson(THE GIN GAME, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL) were saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world on THE 38TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS. The event aired last night on CBS.

A highlight of the evening was a tribute to legendary actress and Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson which featured Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Tyler Perry. Singer CeCe Winans performed the classic Protestant hymn, "Blessed Assurance," which Ms. Tyson sang in the recent Broadway revival of THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL. Watch the video below! Click here to watch last night's broadcast in full

The KENNEDY CENTER HONORS recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts -- whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television -- and are selected by the Center's Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; over the years, the selection process has produced a balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.

Photo credit: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

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