Those who will be recognized at the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors have been revealed. Actor Tom Hanks, singer Al Green, comedian Lily Tomlin, singer-songwriter Sting and ballerina Patricia McBride will be honored.
“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein says in a release. “Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; 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.”
The honorees will be received by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during an event at the Kennedy Center Opera House, to be broadcast on ABC Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.