The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of the five individuals
who will be honored at the 37th annual celebration.
"The Kennedy Center celebrates five
extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
The medallions will be presented
on Dec. 6, the night before the gala, at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry, it was noted in the official press release
. The show will then air on CBS on Dec. 30.
Green (singer), Hanks (actor), McBride (ballerina), Sting (singer) and Tomlin (comedienne) are being recognized for "their lifetime contributions to American culture."
This was not lost on the center.
All Green: "Al Green's iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own."
Tom Hanks: "...Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation."
Patricia McBride: "...one of the world's greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations."
Sting: "...Sting's unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades."
Tomlin: "... and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit," concluded Rubenstein.