... the creators of Hamilton. Whatever your feelings about Hamilton, that felt like the definition of 'too soon' and a rather cheap ploy to capitalize on the show's unprecedented success.
Although I mean her no ill will, I'm not sure that Barbara Cook had made a bigger cultural impact than Liza. But if they hadn't honored Barbara, we wouldn't have gotten what I consider perhaps the best performance in the history of the telecast. The women who honored Cook that night were on top form!
And, although unrelated to theatre, Adam's post reminded me that LL Cool J is a Kennedy Center Honoree. LL Cool J. I mean, sure, some of his old songs are great, but the man hasn't made any impact on music in decades. Other than his 80s-early 90s releases as a rapper, what were we honoring him for? Blandest Awards Show Host, Most Serviceable Television Actor, Best Secret Republican?