Interesting that the article does comment on the lack of dance
Although diversity of race and heritage is historic among this list, there’s less diversity among artistic disciplines. MacLaine’s selection marks the only theater or film actor among a slate of musicians. Dance was ignored in this year’s crop — although MacLaine spent her childhood and early career in the ballet.
Stevens compared the mix of disciplines to the 2011 honorees, when Meryl Streep was the only actor among a group of musicians.
“The criteria says that there will be diversity among disciplines, but each one cannot be recognized every year,” he said.
But I didn't realize that the KC uses this event to raise money
The Honors also is the Kennedy Center’s largest fundraiser of the year, meaning Stevens and the selection committee must strike a delicate balance between choosing marquee names and deserving artists who will satisfy ratings, patrons, advocacy groups and the criteria of excellence.
Stevens denies that these factors affect the selection or that music tributes are easier to stage for the broadcast.
“We will be honoring [theater and dance] in the future, as we have in the past,” he said.
That adds yet another element to the mix.