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Obama's last class of Kennedy Center honorees include a queen of gospel (Mavis Staples) and a king of drama (Al Pacino)

Al Pacino kisses Mavis Staples during the Kennedy Center Honors celebration. (Getty Images)
Al Pacino kisses Mavis Staples during the Kennedy Center Honors celebration. (Getty Images)

Rocker Glenn Frey died before he could accept a Kennedy Center Honors award last year, but his Eagles bandmates and four other artists were feted Sunday at a bittersweet edition of the glitzy annual gala, the last of the Obama administration.

Actor-director Al Pacino, singer-songwriter James Taylor, singer Mavis Staples and pianist Martha Argerich rounded out the Kennedy Center class of 2016. 

The Eagles, credited with shaping the Southern California sound with hits such as “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Desperado” and “Hotel California,” were to receive Kennedy Center Honors last year, but their awards were postponed when band co-founder Frey took ill. He died Jan. 18 at age 67 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

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