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Springsteen Highlights Kennedy Center Honors Broadcast

Of the Oakland Press

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Music legends Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck and opera singer Grace Bumbry are among those who were honored earlier in the month at the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., — and who will be featured in a televised version of the gala that airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 29) on CBS, WWJ-TV in Detroit.

Springsteen — who sat in a private box with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle — was, not surprisingly, the night’s feature attraction, saluted by John Mellencamp, who performed “Born in the U.S.A.,” along with Sting (“The Rising”), Melissa Etheridge (“Born to Run”) and Jennifer Nettles of country group Sugarland (“Glory Days”). Jon Stewart introduced the segment, telling the audience that Springsteen was the baby of Bob Dylan and James Brown, who abandoned the child on the New Jersey Turnpike to be raised by “a pack of feral vaudevillians.”

Special performances also honored Brubeck and Bumbry, the former by his four musician sons playing his seminal hit, “Take Five.” Robert DeNiro and Mel Brooks also received Kennedy Center Honors.

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