The 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees Reflect On An Unforgettable Night

Martha Argerich, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor, and the Eagles describe their experiences.
Posted on Dec 21, 2016 | 07:20am
The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, airing on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access, is just around the corner—which means highlights from the event are starting to roll out!

The annual ceremony, which was hosted by The Late Show's own Stephen Colbert and attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Dec. 4, paid tribute to the 2016 honorees: pianist Martha Argerich, rock legends the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Now, watch as each honoree gives a backstage interview describing his or her experience at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Martha Argerich:

The Eagles:


Al Pacino:


Mavis Staples:


James Taylor:


Watch The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.