Kennedy Center Honors

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The 2006 honorees, with the President and Vice-President of the United States and their wives. From left, they are composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Steven Spielberg, singer Dolly Parton, conductor Zubin Mehta, singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, First Lady Laura Bush, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Lynne Cheney.

Every year, the Kennedy Center gives its Kennedy Center Honors to artists. These artists have contributed to American culture. Most of these artists were performers, such as actors, dancers, and musicians. Some of these artists were movie directors, play writers, and songwriters. Most of the recipients have been American. The President of the United States usually attends the awards ceremony. The Honors are given in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center Opera House.[1]

From 1978 until 2002, the ceremony was hosted by Walter Cronkite.[2] Since 2003, it has been hosted by Caroline Kennedy.

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1970s[change | change source]

1980s[change | change source]

2005 Kennedy Center Honorees, with President and Mrs. Bush.

1990s[change | change source]

2000s[change | change source]

Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen, Kennedy Center honorees 2009, with the President and the First Lady at the Blue Room, White House, Dec. 6, 2009.

2010s[change | change source]

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  1. "About the Kennedy Center Honors". Kennedy-center.org. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
  2. Keller, Julie."Kennedy Honors Feel Good" E! Online.com, August 5, 2003
  3. "Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins & Meryl Streep to Receive 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" kennedy-center.org, accessed September 6, 2011
  4. Gans, Andrew. "Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, Buddy Guy, Led Zeppelin Are Kennedy Center Honorees" playbill.com, September 12, 2012
  5. Gans, Andrew. "Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana Are 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees" playbill.com, September 12, 2013
  6. Harris, Paul (2014-09-04). "Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Sting to Receive Kennedy Center Honors". Variety. Retrieved 2014-09-04.