Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Kennedy Center Honors announced Thursday (September 4) all of the recipients for this year’s award ceremony. The star-studded event, which will be hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, airs on December 7 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

The year’s honorees include R&B legend, Al Green; Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks; comedian, actress and activist, Lily Tomlin; global music icon, Sting; and world-renowned ballerina, Patricia McBride. The show will also feature performances and appearances by big name stars from music, television/film and the arts who will salute the honorees.

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,”  said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”



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