NY, NY, United States (4E) – Actor Tom Hanks and English musician Sting were among the honorees selected Thursday to receive the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the top cultural prizes in the United States given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.
The list of honorees this year include two-time Oscar-winning actor Hanks known for such films as “Forrest Gump” and “Saving Private Ryan”; the former Police lead singer, Sting, whose new musical, “The Last Ship,” will open on Broadway this fall; and Memphis soul singer, Al Green, the whose hits include “Let’s Stay Together,” “Love and Happiness” and “Tired of Being Alone.” American actress, comedian, writer, Lily Tomlin is also being honored; and ballerina Patricia McBride, who spent nearly 30 years dancing with the New York City Ballet.
Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstei in a press release, says, “The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world.” He described Hanks as one of “the greatest actors of any generation,” and says Tomlin “continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.” He praised the unique voices of Sting and Green and saluted McBride as “one of the world’s greatest ballerinas.”
The honorees will be saluted by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and other notable politicians, artists and showbiz personalities in the Honors Gala, on December 7 and will be aired on CBS on December 30.
Previous recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors were Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Redford.