Carrie Underwood stuns, Tom Hanks brings back Forrest Gump and more at the Kennedy Center Honors

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Sunday's Kennedy Center Honors had the nation's capital rocking and rolling with several musical tributes and numerous celebrities.
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WASHINGTON – The 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors had the nation's capital rocking and rolling with several musical tributes and numerous celebrities. Sunday was a celebration for the new honorees: Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field, "Sesame Street," Michael Tilson Thomas and Earth, Wind & Fire.

The ceremony will air on CBS Dec. 15 (8 p.m. EST/PST). However, so you don't have to wait an entire week, we've assembled the night's highlights. Here are some of the best moments of the star-studded evening.

Carrie Underwood performs a pair of Linda Ronstadt songs at the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday. (Photo: Scott Suchman)

Carrie Underwood belted out "Blue Bayou"

Underwood paid homage to Ronstadt by singing "Blue Bayou," a Roy Orbison track the Queen of Rock covered in 1977. Sparkling in a silver gown, the "American Idol" winner showcased her strong vocals in a soulful rendition.

Underwood followed with a lively "When Will I Be Loved," which prompted the audience to clap to the beat and Rita Wilson, who was in the audience, to sing along. A reference to the track made the night prior at a State Department dinner for the honorees resulted in Ronstadt speaking her mind about the president, Variety reports. When answering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who wondered "when will I be loved," Ronstadt advised "it's when he stops enabling Donald Trump," Variety reports. Field's son Sam Greisman also tweeted of the exchange from his verified account.

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