The Latest: Cher thought she was too 'out there' for award

2018 Kennedy Center Honoree Cher arrives at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in W

2018 Kennedy Center Honoree Cher arrives at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in W

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row form left, Wayne Shorter, Cher, Reba McEntire, Philip Glass, back row from left, the co-creators of "Hamilton,

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row form left, Wayne Shorter, Cher, Reba McEntire, Philip Glass, back row from left, the co-creators of "Hamilton,

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees the co-creators of "Hamilton," from left, Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Alex Lacamoire pose f

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees the co-creators of "Hamilton," from left, Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Alex Lacamoire pose f

2018 Kennedy Center Honoree jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter arrives at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department

2018 Kennedy Center Honoree jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter arrives at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department

2018 Kennedy Center Honoree Andy Blankenbuehler, one of the co-creators of "Hamilton," and wife, Elly Blankenbuehler, arrive at the State Department f

2018 Kennedy Center Honoree Andy Blankenbuehler, one of the co-creators of "Hamilton," and wife, Elly Blankenbuehler, arrive at the State Department f

Pianist Jon Batiste and Suleika Jaouad arrive at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018,

Pianist Jon Batiste and Suleika Jaouad arrive at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018,

2018 Kennedy Center Honoree Philip Glass, second right, talks with fellow Honorees, the co-creators of "Hamilton," Thomas Kail, center, Lin-Manuel Mir

2018 Kennedy Center Honoree Philip Glass, second right, talks with fellow Honorees, the co-creators of "Hamilton," Thomas Kail, center, Lin-Manuel Mir

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees Thomas Kail, left, one of the co-creators of "Hamilton," talks with Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophonist and composer, followi

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees Thomas Kail, left, one of the co-creators of "Hamilton," talks with Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophonist and composer, followi

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees Reba McEntire, right, and Wayne Shorter talk together following the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner on Satu

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees Reba McEntire, right, and Wayne Shorter talk together following the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner on Satu

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees, the co-creators of "Hamilton," Alex Lacamoire, left, Andy Blankenbuehler, second from left, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thoma

2018 Kennedy Center Honorees, the co-creators of "Hamilton," Alex Lacamoire, left, Andy Blankenbuehler, second from left, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thoma

Front row from left, David Rubenstein, 2018 Kennedy Center Honorees Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, Cher, Kennedy Center President Deborah

Front row from left, David Rubenstein, 2018 Kennedy Center Honorees Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, Cher, Kennedy Center President Deborah

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Kennedy Center Honors program (all times local):

7:05 p.m.

Cher says she never thought she'd be walking the red carpet to receive a lifetime artistic achievement award at the Kennedy Center Honors.

The veteran pop music icon and Oscar winner said Sunday night at Washington's Kennedy Center that she always tried to focus on the music and her fans over any career honors.

She says, "You do things for the art and if the awards come, that's gravy."

The 72-year-old says she was genuinely surprised to receive the award.

She says, "I never thought I was the right person for this because I'm a little bit out there."

Other honorees are composer Phillip Glass, country music legend Reba McEntire, jazz icon Wayne Shorter and the co-creators of "Hamilton."

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are not attending.

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6:35 p.m.

Celebrities and guests are arriving at Washington's Kennedy Center for this year's Kennedy Center Honors program.

The artists receiving this year's lifetime artistic achievement award on Sunday are Cher, composer Phillip Glass, country music legend Reba McEntire and jazz icon Wayne Shorter. The co-creators of "Hamilton" will receive a unique award honoring them as "trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category."

For the second straight year, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend.

Other presidents have missed Kennedy Center ceremonies, but Trump is the first to miss them twice. He returned early Sunday from the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

Had he gone to the Kennedy Center, it's unlikely he would have been warmly welcomed by at least some of the honorees.