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Kennedy Center honors: Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin, Al Green, Patricia McBride

Tom Hanks is one of five honorees at the 2014 Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center honorees have been named, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Thursday afternoon. The honorees for the coveted award are Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting and Lily Tomlin. These top entertainers will be honored in a performance on Dec. 7, 2014. They will also be honored at a White House reception. The event will be telecast on Dec. 30 on CBS.

An announcement of the event has been announced by the Kennedy Center. The announcement said that the event celebrates extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world. The announcement, given by Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, said that Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation. He also said that Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit, according to Fox News.

About the nominees, Tom Hanks, 58, is an American actor and filmmaker who is best known for his acting roles in such movies as “Big,” “Philadelphia, “Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13,” and “Saving Private Ryan.” He has won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actor in “Philadelphia” as well as a host of awards for “Forest Gump.” Lily Tomlin, 75, is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She has been called a major force in American comedy since she found fame in the 1960s. From being a stand-up comic, she became tremendously popular on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and then starred in such films as “Nashville” and “9 to 5.” She is likely best known as the telephone operator, Ernestine, on television.

Al Green, 68, is an American singer who is best known for his recording of soul music. In the 1970s, he became famous for his recordings which include “Let’s Stay Together,” “Tired of Being Alone,” and “I’m Still in Love With You.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Sting, 63, whose real name is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist. He found fame as the principal songwriter, leader singer, and bass guitar player for the band called The Police. Following tremendous success with the group, he has had a solo career.

Finally, Patricia McBride, 72, is a ballerina. She has spent 30 years dancing ballet with the New York City Ballet. She began her New York City Ballet career in 1959 and became a principal in 1961 – becoming the youngest principal in the company. Her roles included Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Colombine in “Harlequinade.” She is the Associate Artistic Director and Master Teacher of the North Carolina Dance Theatre.

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