Don’t miss the Kennedy Center Honors tonight at 9pm on CBS!
Held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors is awarded annually to five individuals who have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts. The primary criteria for any nominee is excellence, and artistic achievement in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, and television. The Honors process over the years has balanced the achievements among the various arts and artistic disciplines.
The recipients that are to be honored this for the 2013 36th annual national celebration of the arts are: opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; actress Shirley MacLaine; and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana.
This year, a revised Honoree selection process was expanded to include recommendations from the general public, as well as an advisory committee comprised of artists, past Honorees and Kennedy Center board members. Previous Honors recipients and members of the Center's national artists committee, including Emanuel Ax, Alec Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Glenn Close, Renée Fleming, Morgan Freeman, Paloma Herrera, Lang Lang, Steve Martin, Chita Rivera, Steven Spielberg and Forest Whitaker.
The ceremony was held earlier this month on Sunday, December 8th but is being broadcast nationally tonight at 9pm on CBS.
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