Recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors are distributed annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as individuals are recognized for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the industry. Each year, the Kennedy center selects five individuals to honor with a tribute and medallion presentation ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The custom awards have been given out since 1978.

The Selection Process
A committee made up of artists and past recipients submit a list of recommendations to the Kennedy Center's Board of Trustees, who consider performing artists of the highest caliber. While the criteria for the actual selection process is not revealed, the annual recipients generally represent a range of subcategories and do not appear to be weighted in any particular genre. When the recipients have been determined, the Board of Trustees makes the announcement in the fall and schedules a week-long celebration in December.

Recipient Facts
Recipients of the Kennedy Center honors include singers, songwriters, film and stage actors, music composers, dancers, musicians, writers, directors and producers. Past honorees include men and women from many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. During their tribute, the honorees sit in a special box at the Kennedy Center, along with dignitaries and, typically, the President of the United States. They wear special medallions during the tribute ceremony and enjoy performances by other top artists.

Notable Recipients
Recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors include some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry as well as in the performing arts.

  • Actors and Directors: Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, George Burns, James Stewart, Harry Belafonte, Katharine Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Shirley Temple Black, Bill Cosby, Jack Lemmon, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
  • Singers and Songwriters: Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Marian Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Tony Bennett and Bruce Springsteen.
  • Writers and Composers: Tennessee Williams, Andrew Lloyd Weber, John Williams, David Brubeck and Jule Stein.

Other performing arts winners of note include Edward Villella, Suzanne Ferrell and Judith Jamison (dance and choreography), Lionel Hampton and Leon Fleisher (pianists) and Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor and cellist).

Similar Questions on Ask.com
Related Life123 Articles

The Drama Desk Awards gives those who raise the bar in theater arts opportunity for recognition and appreciation. Learn how these awards differ from the Tony Awards and who has been honored by the Drama Desk in the past.

The American Dance Awards competition offers dancers and choreographers the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best talent in the US and Canada. For those interested in dance, the competition offers an opportunity to celebrate the best dance has to offer today and what's coming up around the bend.

Frequently Asked Questions on Ask.com
More Related Life123 Articles
Find articles about performing arts awards, including the Kennedy Center Honors, Drama Desk Awards and American Dance Awards.
|&&|
 
Find articles about performing arts awards, including the Kennedy Center Honors, Drama Desk Awards and American Dance Awards.
|&&|
 
Find articles about performing arts awards, including the Kennedy Center Honors, Drama Desk Awards and American Dance Awards.
|&&|
 
© 2014 Life123, Inc. All rights reserved. An IAC Company