The honorees for the 46th annual Kennedy Center Honors have been announced: Dionne Warwick, Billy Crystal, Queen Latifah, Barry Gibb and Renée Fleming.
— The Kennedy Center (@kencen) June 22, 2023
Each of the selectees for 2023 can reasonably be considered a household name.
Gibb is the surviving member of the brother trio the Bee Gees, who reentered the public mindset in a big way in recent years with the HBO doc “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart.”
Opera star Fleming has been called “America’s soprano.” Warwick hit it big as a pop star in the 1960s with songs like “Alfie” and became known to new generations recently through her Twitter account, of all things.
Crystal, star of screen and more recently stage, enjoyed a Broadway run last year with his musical adaptation of his film “Mr. Saturday Night.”
The announcement today also underscored the selection of Queen Latifah as a nod to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
“This year we pay special tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, a uniquely American culture whose constant evolution is one of enduring relevance and impact, reflecting our society as it has grown into an international phenomenon,” said Deborah F. Rutter, Kennedy Center president, in a statement.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place December 3 and will be filmed for broadcast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ at a later date.
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) June 22, 2023