Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa, Cicely Tyson Receive 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Dec. 29, 2015
America Celebrates Honorees' Lifetime Artistic Achievements Sunday, December 6, 2015
The Kennedy Center announced the selection of the six Honorees who received the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients honored at the 38th annual national celebration of the arts are: American rock band the Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson.
"Quite simply," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, "our Honorees represent the voices, soundtracks, and stories of our personal lives and memories."
"When I look at this year's outstanding slate of Honorees, I am struck by a powerful common theme-artists as history-makers, artists who defy both convention and category," commented Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.
In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment, the 2015 Honorees were saluted by today's leading performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees accepted the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes.
Gala was broadcast on CBS on December 29, 2015 at 9:00p.m., ET/PT. Watch the CBS Evening News clip.
UPDATE (as of Nov. 4, 2015): The presentation of a Kennedy Center Honors to the popular rock band, Eagles, has been postponed to 2016. "The Eagles will be unable to participate in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors on December 6 due to Glenn Frey's health," said the band in a statement. "The Kennedy Center has graciously agreed to postpone the Eagles' award presentation until next year, when all four Eagles, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, can attend."