President Donald Trump is skipping the Kennedy Center Honors again.
For the second year in a row, Trump and his wife Melania will not attend the event intended to honor contributions to American culture on December 2, said Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady.
Grisham told the Associated Press that Trump declined the invitation because of scheduling conflicts. Trump is scheduled to travel to Argentina at the end of the month to participate in the G20 summit.
Many of This year's honorees, including Trump's vocal critics, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cher, may not care about the president's absence. In fact, Cher said she wanted to receive the prestigious honor "so badly" during the Obama administration, and told the Associated Press that she would be "excited" if Trump did not attend.
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Other award-winners include country music star Reba McEntire, composer Phillip Glass and jazz legend Wayne Shorter.
Manuel will receive a special "pioneer" honor for the musical sensation "Hamilton", along with director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and musical director Alex Lacamoire. They will be recognized for their "innovative work" in the hip-hop musical about the founding fathers of the country, the first in the 41-year history of the Kennedy Center.
The show will air on Wednesday, December 26 (8 p.m., EDT / PDT) on its long-time broadcast at home, CBS.
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Trump is not the first president to skip the Kennedy Center event; Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter also missed ceremonies during their presidencies, but he is the first acting president to miss two events.
Last year, the White House announced that the president and the first lady would skip the gala "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction" after the honoree Norman Lear promised to boycott the event if Trump was present.
The honorees of 2017 included the dancer Carmen de Lavallade, the singers Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, the rapper LL Cool J and Lear, writer and television producer.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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