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Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The 2015 Kennedy Center honourees (from left) Seiji Ozawa, Rita Moreno, Carole King, George Lucas and Cicely Tyson pose for a group photo following the State Department dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday, December 5.
The charming Usher, singer/songwriter, smiles for the camera with Ambassador Audrey Marks after sharing memories of his time in Jamaica earlier this year.
The debonair Vernon Jordan is sandwiched by Lorna Johnson (left) and Ambassador Audrey Marks at the Kennedy Center awards.
Cicely Tyson (left), actress and lifetime Kennedy Center honoree, shared fond memories of her Jamaican nanny with Ambassador Audrey Marks.
Ambassador Audrey Marks (left) spends time with Janelle Monae, entertainer, before her awesome performance for the honourees.

The 2015 weekend-long Kennedy Center Awards was celebrated in the East Room at the White House as well as at the State Department and the centre named in honour of President J.F. Kennedy. Among the specially invited guests was Ambassador Audrey Marks.

This year's honourees are singer/songwriter Carole King, director/producer Rita Moreno, actress Cicely Tyson, film-maker George Lucas and conductor Seiji Ozawa. Ambassador Marks, who also attended the reception for the honourees which followed the formalities, shares the experience with The Gleaner.

She said the Kennedy Center Awards saw a gathering of Washington DC's political and financial star power in the American capital.

"It was a special pleasure for me to see Cecily Tyson being honoured as I have always admired and respected her work. Among the highlights was the presentation to honour George Lucas which was like bringing Star Wars to the Kennedy Centre," Ambassador Marks said. She also noted that some of the stars expressed fond memories of either their visits to Jamaica or their familial ties to the island.