2016 John Williams Tribute

The 44th AFI Life Achievement Award was presented to John Williams at a Gala Tribute on June 9, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The television special AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS aired on TNT on June 15, 2016 and an encore presentation aired on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on September 12, 2016 during a night of programming dedicated to John Williams.

At the Gala Tribute, more than 1,000 guests and presenters gathered to celebrate Williams. Presenters included J.J. Abrams, Drew Barrymore, Kobe Bryant, Chris Columbus, Gustavo Dudamel, Will Ferrell, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Mark Hamill, Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cloris Leachman, George Lucas, Seth MacFarlane, Steve Martin, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Itzhak Perlman, Simone Porter, Daisy Ridley. The AFI Life Achievement Award was presented to John Williams by Steven Spielberg.