Trump: Joe Biden will attend 2018 Kennedy Center Honors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Joe Biden speaks in 2008 while at the Democratic National Convention in Denver

Former Vice President Joe Biden will attend the Kennedy Center Honors on 30 December, resuming the tradition that went awry in 2017.

Mr Biden skipped the ceremony, held annually on the eve of the inauguration of the president, amid complications relating to his son’s fatal illness.

Last year’s ceremony was moved to late January after Donald Trump was sworn in, amid safety concerns about the possibility of demonstrations.

Representatives for the former vice president have not responded to BBC requests for comment.

Some performers have stayed away from the event, while others declined to attend in protest at the incoming US president.

Mr Trump was in office for the evening before, while former President Barack Obama received the accolade in 2016.

2017 honourees were Tom Hanks, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and David Letterman.

A special tribute was paid to late senator John McCain, who died earlier this year.

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