Obamas honor Yo-Yo Ma, left, at the Kennedy Center. (Reuters)

In winning the variety-special trophy, the annual KenCen event beat NBC’s Betty White 90th-birthday salute, Kathy Griffin’s “Tired Hooker” special on Bravo, an HBO reunion of Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett, and PBS’s “Great Performance” broadcast of “Tony Bennett: Duets II.”

“The Kennedy Center Honors beat “Tired Hooker”??? What kind of country is this? I blame Taylor Swift,” tweeted Kathy Griffin some time after that was announced. Maybe Griffin thought better of her reaction during the ceremony, in which she suggested – three times — that we all get intimate with “the Kennedy Honors,” which is sure to get bleeped out of the Reelz-cast.