John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Past recipients of the prestigious award include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy and Ellen DeGeneres.
While honorees and guests fielded the expected questions about Trump’s absence, the show proved it could resonate quite well without him there.
"Well, this is insanely exciting," the actress said about the news.
A string of institutions have stripped the entertainer of accolades since he was convicted of sexual assault.
Many of the honorees were planning on boycotting the event.
“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. But I’m president, and they’re not.”