Mavis Staples took her place alongside actor Al Pacino, the rock band the Eagles, Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, and singer-songwriter James Taylor Sunday (Dec. 4) at the 39th Kennedy Center Honors.

According to Variety, the honorees were introduced one-by-one at the outset as they entered the presidential box, followed by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, who received a lengthy ovation from the packed Opera House – as this is their last Kennedy Center Honors as the first couple.

The program, again hosted by Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ “The Late Show,” will air Dec. 27 on CBS

Singer Mavis Staples, a 2016 Kennedy Center honoree, waves after being congratulated by President Barack Obama during a ceremony for the 2016 Kennedy Center honorees December 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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