Soul Singer Al Green Celebrated At 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
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Soul singer Al Green was one of five honorees celebrated this past weekend at the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. This year's event also honored the artistic contributions of Sting, Patricia McBride, Tom Hanks and Lily Tomlin. The Memphis legend joined the other recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors at the White House on Saturday for the announcement of the awards and a subsequent gala performance hosted by Stephen Colbert, which will air on CBS on December 30th. The events of this past weekend were accompanied by a statement from the Kennedy Center on the importance of this year's honorees:
"The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," stated 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."
Performers at this year's gala include Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Esperanza Spalding and Bruce Springsteen. Check your local listings for details ahead of the awards broadcast. Get more on The Kennedy Center Honors via kennedy-center.org.