The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the recipients of the 46th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements.
Recipients include British singer-songwriter, producer, and member of the Bee Gees Barry Gibb; rapper, singer, and actress Queen Latifah; and singer Dionne Warwick.
Actor and comedian Billy Crystal and acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming are the other honorees.
They will be honored at 46th Kennedy Center Honors Gala, a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage in Washington, D.C., on December 3.
Former Kennedy Center Honoree Gloria Estefan will return as host. The 46th annual Kennedy Center Honors will air on the CBS Television Network and stream on Paramount+.
“Barry Gibb, along with his late brothers Robin and Maurice, set the music world on fire in the ’60s and later defined the modern dance era with their trademark falsetto sound and groove style, becoming a pop superstar group for the ages,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
He added, “As the ‘First Lady of Hip Hop,’ Queen Latifah shaped and innovated the art form in its earliest days, representing black women everywhere and using the idiom to become a powerful voice for change.”
Speaking about Warwick, Rubenstein said, “The soulful songstress has blazed a trail with her signature voice, scintillating presence, and trove of hits that has become a soundtrack of inspiration for generations of artists and audiences.”
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