Kennedy Center Honorees Include Billy Crystal, Dionne Warwick, and Barry Gibb

From a Washington Post story by Travis M. Andrews headlined “Billy Crystal, Dionne Warwick, Barry Gibb to be Kennedy Center Honorees”:

When Dionne Warwick told her sons that she had been selected as a Kennedy Center honoree, “not only were they very happy about it, my eldest said, ‘Well, Mom, it’s about time.’”

“Everything happens when it’s supposed to, that’s my attitude,” Warwick said. “So I’m thrilled that they finally got it right!”

Warwick, 82, was referring to the 45-year tradition honoring, as the Kennedy Center phrases it, artists who have had “an impact on the rich tapestry of American life and culture through the performing arts.”

George Clooney, U2, Gladys Knight Among Next Kennedy Center Honorees

From a Washington Post story by Peggy McGlone headlined “George Clooney, U2, Gladys Knight among next Kennedy Center honorees”:

The Irish rock group U2, actor-filmmaker George Clooney, singers Gladys Knight and Amy Grant, and composer-conductor Tania León will be saluted for their achievements in the arts at the 45th annual Kennedy Center Honors Dec. 4 at the national arts center.

The Sunday night performance is the centerpiece of a weekend that includes a private dinner when the distinctive rainbow medals are presented, and a fundraising gala for thousands following the Opera House show. The production — with its top-secret lineup of guests — will be broadcast later on CBS.