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Jennifer Nettles Part of Neil Diamond Salute at Kennedy Honors

She joined Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie and Raphael Saadiq in honoring Diamond.

Seems Jennifer Nettles represented country music well at the Kennedy Center Honors, which aired Tuesday night (Dec. 27) on CBS.

Yes, actress Anne Hathaway delivered a split during a musical number to salute honoree Meryl Streep, and Elmo donned a tuxedo to honor cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

But the Sugarland lead singer held her own for magic moments in the tribute to pop icon Neil Diamond.

The Orlando Sentinel gushed: "Jennifer Nettles delivers a touching 'Hello' in the Diamond tribute."

Also saluting Neil was Smokey Robinson (“Sweet Caroline”), Lionel Richie (“I Am . . . I Said”), Raphael Saadiq (a medley of “You Got to Me,” “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” and “Cherry, Cherry”).

Kennedy Center honorees this year were Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, Neil Diamond, singer Barbara Cook and sax great Sonny Rollins.

In years past, country artists have been included in this elite group. They include Merle Haggard (2010), George Jones (2008), Dolly Parton (2006), Willie Nelson (1998), Johnny Cash (1996) and Roy Acuff (1991).


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