Premise

Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey are the honorees at the 33rd annual celebration hosted by Caroline Kennedy. Performers and presenters include Julia Roberts, Vince Gill, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Matthew Morrison, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Claire Danes, Sidney Poitier, Sheryl Crow, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock, John Travolta, Steven Tyler, Barbara Walters, Kris Kristofferson, Norah Jones, Angela Lansbury and Kid Rock.