Five individuals in the world of music, film, television, and ballet have been selected for the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors on Thursday. The announcement was made at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. These five extraordinary artists are: actor/film director Tom Hanks, comedienne Lily Tomlin, singer-songwriter Sting, R&B singer Al Green, and ballerina Patricia McBride.
Here is more information on their body of work that’s to be honored later at a gala on December 7. A televised special on CBS will broadcast performances by various guests in their honor on December 30
Tom Hanks - The two-time consecutive Oscar winner has appeared in many blockbusters including “Forrest Gump,” “The Green Mile,” “Castaways,” and the “Toy Story” film series just to know a few. Hanks continues to pursue the areas of directing, producing, and writing.
Lily Tomlin - Richard Pryor called her a “national treasure.” The Detroit born comedienne, actress, writer, and producer has done it all. She broke through first in stand-up comedy, then on to television with her hilarious characters on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” to films that included “9 to 5.” She's also made us laugh with her comedy albums, and taking the stage with Lily’s one-woman show titled ”The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.”
Sting - Born Gordon Sumner he was later christened the name “Sting,” because of his yellow and black sweater. He’s one of the founding members of the punk-pop band The Police with Stewart Copeland. After The Police he continues writing and performing in a number of different music genres on varies projects too numerous to mention. Sting will make his debut as a composer on Broadway.in September.
Al Green - Before Tina Turner made her comeback back in the 1980s, she had a hit with Green’s signature song “Let’s Stay Together.” His smooth voice was a constant on Top 40 radio in the 1970s. Al Green’s hits are still on adult contemporary radio stations across the country.
Patricia McBride - Every little girl dreams of being a ballerina, but few ever make that dream a reality. The world of dance is fiercely competitive and short-lived. Yet, McBride spent 28 years as principal dancer with the New York Ballet. She’s danced with the greatest male dancers including Jerome Robbins, her longtime dance partner Edward Villella, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and husband, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.