The Eagles, James Taylor and Mavis Staples were feted by friends and admirers over the weekend at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
The Eagles, of course, were to have received their honor last year but postponed due to co-founder Glenn Frey's health; His January 18 death at the age of 67 made theirs the most emotional portion of the weekend celebration.
Accepting the Kennedy Center medals during a State Department dinner on Saturday night (December 3), Don Henley said that, "I want to dedicate this evening to our brother Glenn. He was so much a part of our success. He was the driving force in this band. He believed in the American dream."
Longtime Eagles manager Irving Azoff, meanwhile, cried as he toasted the group's award, saying, "For our Eagles family. 2016 couldn't have had a harder beginning or a more appropriate ending."
During the gala at the Kennedy Center itself, the Eagles were honored by Bob Seger, Vince Gill and Kings of Leon with a set that included "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise," "Hotel California," "Heartache Tonight" and "Life In The Fast Lane."
Taylor's songs, meanwhile, were performed by Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks and Darius Rucker, while Staples was honored by Bonnie Raitt, Elle King and Andra Day, with actor Don Cheadle making remarks about the role of the singer and her music in the Civil Rights movement.
Actor Al Pacino and classical pianist Martha Argerich also received Kennedy Center Honors.
The gala was filmed and will be televised December 27 on CBS.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.