Kennedy Center Honorees 2016 Announced!
The Kennedy Center just announced the honorees for the 2016 year!
“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates the spectacular talents of artists whose brilliance has left a lasting impact on our society,” Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a statement, describing all the honorees. “These Honorees represent what is possible when creativity is not just cultivated, but unleashed. Martha Argerich’s distinguished performances have spanned the globe and over the last six decades have earned her world recognition as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th and 21st centuries; the Eagles’ ambitiously themed albums epically merged the American West and rock ’n’ roll, paving the way for unconventional music makers and artists to come; Al Pacino has embodied some of the most powerful characters of our time on both the stage and silver screen; Mavis Staples’s unmatched gospel and rhythm and blues masterpieces span 60 years and even served as a musical backdrop to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign for civil rights; and James Taylor’s warm baritone and poetic lyrics embody the art of songwriting, making him one of the defining musical figures of our time and his music the soundtrack of our country.”
Click inside for the full list of honorees…
Martha Argerich (Argentine pianist)
Eagles (rock band: the late Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh)
Al Pacino (actor)
Mavis Staples (gospel and rhythm and blues artist)
James Taylor (singer, songwriter)