Byline: Hal Boedeker
From former President George Bush and Garth Brooks to Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews, the latest installment of "The Kennedy Center Honors" lacks nothing in star power. The Academy Awards and the Grammys will be lucky if they can attract this many notables next year.
CBS presents the 26th edition of the lifetime-achievement awards Friday. The network's end-of-year gift to the country might not score tiptop ratings, but the telecast usually emerges as the classiest show in the awards season.
The celebrities converged on the Washington landmark for this year's festivities, taped Dec.7, because the five honorees command such respect: TV legend Carol Burnett, country singer Loretta Lynn, R&B pioneer James Brown, director Mike Nichols and violinist Itzhak Perlman.
As is the custom, the president and first lady attended.
The tape wasn't ready by press …